tym·​pan ˈtim-pən How to pronounce tympan (audio)
: a sheet (as of paper or cloth) placed between the impression surface of a press and the paper to be printed

Word History


in sense 1, from Middle English, from Old English timpana, from Latin tympanum; in other senses, from Medieval Latin & Latin tympanum

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tympan was before the 12th century

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“Tympan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tympan. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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