• WordNet 3.6
    • n tympani a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tympani Plural of tympano.
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In literature:

Wilson reports two cases of rupture of the membrane tympani caused by diving.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
They all die of dropsies and tympanies, the men farting and the women fizzling; so that their soul takes her leave at the back-door.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Swell out an unmeaning truism to a perfect tympany of style.
"Table-Talk" by William Hazlitt
They all die of dropsies and tympanies, the men farting and the women fizzling; so that their soul takes her leave at the back-door.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
To swell a man with a tympany is as good sport as to blow a frog.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6" by Samuel Johnson
Capite depresso; membrana tympani aperta.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
The membrana tympani and the corti arches.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XIX, No. 470, Jan. 3, 1885" by Various
Clear forward into the angle between the jaw and the bulla tympani, to see XII.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
Not let thy mountain-belly make pretence Of likeness; thine's a tympany of sense.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
Compare it to the tympani?
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
To his surprise and annoyance, he found the music stopping short at his tympani, powerless to enter his brain.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
The MEMBRANA TYMPANI is a thin, semi-transparent membrane, of an oval shape.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Lenore foolishly curses her fate (tympani and triangle), and from that moment is lost.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
In the "battery" the instruments of prime importance are the tympani.
"How to Appreciate Music" by Gustav Kobbé
But I begin to feel the call of New York on the tympani of my blood globules.
"The Letters of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
Below, the cardiac dullness is merged into the tympany from the stomach and the dullness from the liver.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
Yes, the novels, the books I wanted to write, were composed, now, not so much from among the brasses, the tympani, as from the violins.
"San Cristóbal de la Habana" by Joseph Hergesheimer
More tympany; numerous rose-colored spots out over abdomen and back; slight epistaxis and bronchitis.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
A few taps of the tympani, with which the composition ends, give the ring of finality.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
It is done by Wagner in this case by long drawn-out chords followed by faint taps on the tympani.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé

In poetry:

I learn to draw well out of woe,
And thus to disappoint the foe;
The thorns that in my flesh abide,
Do bunny the tympany of pride.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

The effect of early division of the chorda tympani on gustatory function.
Measurements of the facial recess anatomy: Implications for sparing the facial nerve and chorda tympani during posterior tympanotomy.
With Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, June Richmond, and Valerie Smythe.