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1. Printing A padding, as of paper or cloth, placed over the platen of a press to regulate the pressure on the sheet being printed.
2. Architecture A tympanum.
3. A tightly stretched sheet or membrane, as on the head of a drum.

[Middle English timpan, drum, from Old English timpana, from Latin tympanum, from Greek tumpanon.]
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1. a membrane stretched over a frame or resonating cylinder, bowl, etc
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing packing interposed on a hand-operated text between the platen and the paper to be printed in order to provide an even impression
3. (Architecture) architect another name for tympanum3
[Old English timpana, from Latin; see tympanum]
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(ˈtɪm pən)

1. a padlike device interposed between the platen of a printing press and the sheet to be printed, in order to soften and equalize the pressure.
[before 900; Middle English: drum, Old English < Latin tympanum tympanum]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tympan - a musical percussion instrumenttympan - a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
bass drum, gran casa - a large drum with two heads; makes a sound of indefinite but very low pitch
bongo, bongo drum - a small drum; played with the hands
drumhead, head - a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
percussion instrument, percussive instrument - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
side drum, snare drum, snare - a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head
tabor, tabour - a small drum with one head of soft calfskin
tambour - a drum
tambourine - a shallow drum with a single drumhead and with metallic disks in the sides
tenor drum, tom-tom - any of various drums with small heads
timbrel - small hand drum similar to a tambourine; formerly carried by itinerant jugglers
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