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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.]


(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]


(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]
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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"Couldn't even get the tompions out of his guns," as he explained the matter to the Doctor that evening.
The Great Pump Room is a spacious saloon, ornamented with Corinthian pillars, and a music-gallery, and a Tompion clock, and a statue of Nash, and a golden inscription, to which all the water-drinkers should attend, for it appeals to them in the cause of a deserving charity.
Accessories included different patterns of privates' and sergeants' combination tools--chained leather-topped snapcaps and brass or iron-and-cork "muzzle stoppers" known as tompions.