• WordNet 3.6
    • n tompion plug for the muzzle of a gun to keep out dust and moisture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tompion (Mus) A plug in a flute or an organ pipe, to modulate the tone.
    • Tompion A stopper of a cannon or a musket. See Tampion.
    • Tompion The iron bottom to which grapeshot are fixed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tompion Same as tampion.
    • n tompion The inking-pad of a lithographic printer. Also tampon.
    • n tompion A watch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tompion tom′pi-on the inking-pad of the lithographic printer
    • Tompion Also Tom′pon
    • n Tompion tom′pi-on (obs.) a watch.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Tampios


In literature:

Where, sirrah, is the Tompion watch your grandmother gave you?
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
There is my silver-hilted rapier, my rings, my gold snuff-box, and my watch by Tompion at the sign of the Three Crowns.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
These tompions slip in and out very handily, like covers to butter firkins.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
Tompions (muzzle plugs) in small arms forbidden.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
To this tompion is, or used to be, attached a large piece of wadding, what for I never rightly understood.
"Sketches From My Life" by Hobart Pasha
Jackets and tompions were torn from the cannon.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
The Loader and Sponger haul up and secure the lower half-ports, put in tompion, and secure muzzle-bag.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
Tompion was a most exquisite mechanic, proud of his work and jealous of his name.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
I turned to Tompion, who was standing abaft near the helmsman.
"The Rover's Secret" by Harry Collingwood
Of most of this Tompion was soon aware, and it now became a question as to the advisability of attacking her instead.
"The Pirate of the Mediterranean" by W.H.G. Kingston
The muzzles of the great guns were stopped by tompions.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The "Tompion Clock," which is carefully noted by Boz, seems to have been always regarded as a sort of monument.
"Pickwickian Studies" by Percy Fitzgerald
How say you if we put the tompions back into our cannon and fight, as chivalric men should ever fight, with sword and pike?
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
I shall have to make some tompions to keep them out.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
The tompion was drawn from the gun, the polished brass of which gleamed through the night and the rain.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
If the ball be red hot, a tompion, or trencher of green wood, is to be driven in before it.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
So you must not despair of seeing London and some of Thomas Tompion's clocks.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
Finishing his task, he turned up the tompion and sat down on it, as with chin in hands he listened to the conversation.
"The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward" by Frank Gee Patchin
Tom and I had crept into the largest gun that day, having found the tompion out.
"Shireen and her Friends" by Gordon Stables
A little to the west of the latter is the tombstone of TOMPION and GRAHAM, the celebrated chronometer inventors.
"Historical Description of Westminster Abbey" by Anonymous

In poetry:

"Up hammocks!" at last cried the bo'sun at dawn;
The guns were cast loose and the tompions drawn;
The gunner was bustling the shot racks to fill,
And "All hands to quarters!" was piped with a will.
"The Quarter-Gunner's Yarn" by Sir Henry Newbolt