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tim·pa·nialso tym·pa·ni (tĭm′pə-nē)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A set of tunable kettledrums typically used in the percussion section of a symphony orchestra.
[Italian, pl. of timpano, kettledrum, from Latin tympanum, drum; see tympanum.]
(Instruments) (sometimes functioning as singular) a set of kettledrums, two or more in number. Often (informal) shortened to: timps
[from Italian, pl of timpano kettledrum, from Latin: tympanum]
ˈtimpanist, ˈtympanist n
or tym•pa•ni(ˈtɪm pə ni)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
a set of kettledrums.
[1735–45; < Italian, pl. of timpano kettledrum < Latin tympanum < Greek týmpanon]
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|Noun||1.||timpani - a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it|