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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.]


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]


(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]
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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Rien que recemment, alors qu'elle prenait des cliches des debris du mur ecroule au quartier casablancais de Belvedere, cette phrase a peine susurree penetre son tympan pour ne plus en sortir: [beaucoup moins que]ma fille, ce travail n'est pas fait pour toi[beaucoup plus grand que].
An astrolabe has a similar basic structure of rotating disks called the mater (base disk), tympan (engraved plate), and rete (engraved framework disk).
The base, known as the mater or mother, encloses a disk, the tympan or climate, with fine, off-center grid lines.
The frisket is a metal frame that is hinged to the top of the tympan.
Une difference de seulement 0,5 Hz cause une interference toutes les 0,5 seconde, et la compression et rarefaction de l'air qui en resulte fait vibrer le tympan exagerement.
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A Paris, aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, deux fauteuils d'avion (classe economique), un tympan de baleine .
Quand vous entendez quelque chose, la voix entre par le tympan de l'oreille et passe a travers ce canal, pour enfin s'enregistrer dans le cerveau.
Favreau, "Les inscriptions du tympan de la cathedrale de Jaca", Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.
L'ideal d'une predication evangelique jusqu'aux extremites du monde trouve donc ici un cadre d'expression ideal qui, avant meme l'organisation d'une pastorale systematique vers les population encore <<exterieures>>, apparait alors de facon programmatique dans des oeuvres telles que le tympan de la basilique de Vezelay (vers 1120-1140) ou le Beatus dit d'Osma (1086) (32).
Chwarae teg i gwmni Tympan am fynd ati i wneud llyfrau llafar Cymraeg, ond dwi'n amau os ydyn nhw'n gwneud elw.
And even less commonly does it analyze activities of typesetting or presswork that were not meant to leave evidence of their routines but whose effects are nonetheless sometimes present and visible--the pattern of recurrent running-titles and their indication of skeleton formes, the textures that reveal which side of a sheet was printed first, the holes left by the pins holding the sheet on the tympan of the press, the sequence of press figures, the variations created by stop-press corrections, the progressive deterioration of pieces of type and ornaments, or the presence of bearers that accidentally leave blind impressions on the sheets.