tampion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tampion plug for the muzzle of a gun to keep out dust and moisture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tampion (Mus) A plug for upper end of an organ pipe.
    • Tampion A wooden stopper, or plug, as for a cannon or other piece of ordnance, when not in use.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tampion A stopper; a plug; a bung. Specifically— The stopper of a cannon or other piece of ordnance, consisting of a cylinder of wood placed in the muzzle to prevent the entrance of water or dust; also, the wooden bottom for a charge of grape-shot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tampion tamp′i-un the stopper used to close the mouth of a cannon or mortar
    • Tampion Also Tom′pion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tampon, tapon, tape, of Dutch or German origin. See Tap a pipe or plug, and cf. Tamp Tampop Tompion

Usage

In literature:

Tampion and Graham lie in Westminster Abbey, because of the accuracy of their work.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Were they meddling with the padlock Dering had put on the tampion which stopped the muzzle of the old gun?
"The Hosts of the Lord" by Flora Annie Steel
This gun can be carried loaded submerged by the use of a watertight tampion and breech.
"The Story of Our Submarines" by John Graham Bower
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