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tambour

noun tam·bour \ ˈtam-ˌbu̇r , tam-ˈbu̇r \
|Updated on: 23 Jun 2018

Definition of tambour

1 : 1drum 1
2 a : an embroidery frame; especially : a set of two interlocking hoops between which cloth is stretched before stitching
b : embroidery made on a tambour frame
3 : a shallow metallic cup or drum with a thin elastic membrane supporting a writing lever used to transmit and register slight motions (such as arterial pulsations)
4 : a rolling top or front (as of a rolltop desk) of narrow strips of wood glued on canvas

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Origin and Etymology of tambour

Middle French, drum, from Arabic ṭanbūr, modification of Persian tabīr


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tambour

verb

Definition of tambour

tamboured; tambouring; tambours
: to embroider (cloth) with tambour
: to work at a tambour frame

tambourer

noun

First Known Use of tambour

1774

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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tambour

noun tam·bour \ ˈtam-ˌbu̇(ə)r, tam-ˈ \

medical Definition of tambour

: a shallow metallic cup or drum with a thin elastic membrane supporting a writing lever used to transmit and register slight motions (as arterial pulsations and peristaltic contractions)

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