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 (tăm′pē-ən) also tom·pi·on (tŏm′-)
A plug or cover for the muzzle of a cannon or gun to keep out dust and moisture.

[Middle English, from Old French tampon, variant of tapon, rag for stopping a hole, of Germanic origin.]
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(ˈtæmpɪən) or


(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a plug placed in a gun's muzzle when the gun is not in use to keep out moisture and dust
[C15: from French: tampon]
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(ˈtæm pi ən)

a plug placed in the muzzle of a piece of ordnance to keep it free of moisture and dirt when not in use.
[1615–25; earlier, any type of plug or bung; late Middle English, variant of tampon < Middle French, alter. of Old French tapon, derivative of tape plug < Germanic. See tap2]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tampion - plug for the muzzle of a gun to keep out dust and moisturetampion - plug for the muzzle of a gun to keep out dust and moisture
plug, stopple, stopper - blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
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References in periodicals archive ?
The crew of the San Jacinto was at quarters, ports open, exposing her guns with tampions removed.
Mike Keith notes two pi-related properties of this word, which is the obsolete plural form of TAMPIONS "a plug" in Web 3, or "a kind of watch" in the OED.