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also tym·bal  (tĭm′bəl)
A kettledrum.

[French timbale, from Old French, alteration (influenced by cymbale, cymbals) of tamballe, alteration (influenced by tambour, drum) of Old Spanish atabal, small drum, from Arabic aṭ-ṭabl, the drum : al-, the + ṭabl, drum; see tabla.]


(ˈtɪmbəl) or


(Instruments) music a type of kettledrum
[C17: from French timbale, from Old French tamballe, (associated also with cymbale cymbal), from Old Spanish atabal, from Arabic at-tabl the drum]


(ˈtɪm bəl)

2. Also, tymbal. a vibrating membrane in certain insects, as the cicada.
[1670–80; < French, Middle French timbale, alter. (by association with cymbale cymbal) of tamballe, itself alter. (by association with tambour drum, tambour) of Sp atabal < Arabic al ṭabl]
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Indeed, the sailors assured me that often at night the playing of timbals could be heard upon it.
Ronald Butchoy Capuno Taer, 34, was arrested for possession of P25, 000 worth of shabu and drug paraphernalia, said PO3 Richard Timbal of the Provincial Public Safety Company of the Bohol Provincial Police Office.
With this, the tribunal sentenced each of the accused to imprisonment of three years, six months and five days and fined P60,000, equivalent to three times the amount received from complainant Staff Sergeant Allan Joel Timbal.
A key to the genera of cicadas of Pakistan is provided based upon diagnostic variations in timbal and timbal cover structure.
The Bureau's Dr Bertrand Timbal said rainfall in southeast Australia has decreased over the past 13 years because the subtropical ridge--a band of high-pressure systems over the south of the continent--has become bigger, stronger and more frequent.
Frente a la instalacion mas poscolonial del timbal --no hay como esta visualidad de Rafael Ferrer, Untitled (1970), para sentir el reajuste de las relaciones de poder, cuando, por ejemplo, el margen reclama una centralidad dramatica--, nos sentimos convocados a entrar a ese mundo de contrastes con la mirada en alto.
Sound is produced when the timbal muscles buckle the timbals, which are chitinous membranes at the base of the abdomen, generating changes in pressure in the abdominal cavity and exiting through the tympana (Young, 1990; Bennet-Clark and Young, 1992; Fonseca and Popov, 1994; Bennet-Clark, 1998).
While no medical report was immediately released, Judge Roberto Timbal told the online news outlet Ob-serva that Eliana died of a heart attack.
Their arrests were ordered by Judge Roberto Timbal, who is investigating the abductions and killings of two former lawmakers and two leftist rebels in May 1976 that shocked Uruguay when it was in the early throes of the long military dictatorship.
Dela Calzada fired 11 points, including three off blocks for the Volley Masters, who drew a superb effort from Karl Timbal.
The report identified the dead as Verlyn Asilo Timbal, 14, a Grade 7 student, and Steelyn Troyo Timbal, 5, a kindergarten pupil.