• WordNet 3.6
    • n tambour a drum
    • n tambour a frame made of two hoops; used for embroidering
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tambour (Mus) A kind of small flat drum; a tambourine.
    • Tambour (Physiol) A shallow metallic cup or drum, with a thin elastic membrane supporting a writing lever. Two or more of these are connected by an India rubber tube, and used to transmit and register the movements of the pulse or of any pulsating artery.
    • Tambour A small frame, commonly circular, and somewhat resembling a tambourine, used for stretching, and firmly holding, a portion of cloth that is to be embroidered; also, the embroidery done upon such a frame; -- called also, in the latter sense, tambour work.
    • Tambour (Fort) A work usually in the form of a redan, to inclose a space before a door or staircase, or at the gorge of a larger work. It is arranged like a stockade.
    • Tambour (Arch) Same as Drum n., 2.
    • v. t Tambour To embroider on a tambour.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tambour An instrument for recording pulsations, consisting of a membrane stretched over a drum-like cylinder, or a ring, to which is attached a recording-needle.
    • n tambour A drum; specifically, the bass drum; also, something resembling a drum, as an elastic membrane stretched over a cup-shaped vessel, used in various mechanical devices.
    • n tambour In architecture: A cylindrical stone, such as one of the blocks of which each constitutes a course of the shaft of a column; a drum.
    • n tambour The interior part, or core, within the leaves, of Corinthian and Composite capitals, which bears some resemblance to a drum. It is also called the vase, and the campana or bell.
    • n tambour The wall of a circular temple surrounded with columns.
    • n tambour The circular vertical part of a cupola; also, the basis of a cupola when this is circular.
    • n tambour A kind of lobby or vestibule of timber-work with folding doors, and covered with a ceiling, as within the porches of churches, etc., to break the current of air or draft from without.
    • n tambour A circular frame on which silk or other stuff is stretched for the purpose of being embroidered: so called from its resemblance to a drum. Machines have been constructed for tambour-working, and are still used.
    • n tambour Silk or other stuff embroidered on a tambour.
    • n tambour In fortification, a defensive work formed of palisades, intended to defend a road, gate, or other entrance.
    • tambour To decorate with needlework, as a piece of silk, muslin, or other stuff which has previously been strained on a tambour-frame to receive embroidery.
    • tambour To do tambour-work; embroider by means of a tambour-frame.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tambour tam′bōōr a small, shallow drum: a frame on which muslin or other material is stretched for embroidering: a rich kind of gold and silver embroidery: silk or other stuff embroidered on a tambour: a cylindrical stone in the shaft of a column, a drum: a vestibule of timber-work serving to break the draught in a church-porch, &c.: a work formed of palisades, defending a gate, &c
    • v.t Tambour to embroider on a tambour
    • v.i Tambour to do tambour-work
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In literature:

Vive le petit tambour!
"The Crossing" by Winston Churchill
Never mind the pieces of needle-work, the tambouring, the maps of the world made by her needle.
"Advice to Young Men" by William Cobbett
Tambour Feather, India & Darning, Spriggings with a Variety of Open-work to each.
"Diary of Anna Green Winslow" by Anna Green Winslow
My father was tambour-majeur in the Garde Imperiale.
"The Poacher" by Frederick Marryat
Tambour work was a favorite form of embroidery.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
You remember the day you sent me with Cecile to take my first lessons in tambour work of Madame Douay?
"The Forsaken Inn" by Anna Katharine Green
The varieties of tambour work and open stitchery of various ornamental kinds were possible for all capacities.
"The Development of Embroidery in America" by Candace Wheeler
Cecilia, my dear, show your tambour work to Mr Newland, and ask him his opinion.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
But the age of knitting and tambour passed away.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
Over the canopies are three angels playing on a tambour and trumpets.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé

In poetry:

The bobolinks at noonday sing
More softly than the softest flute,
And lightlier than the lightest lute
Their fairy tambours ring.
"In May" by Archibald Lampman
But nearer came the clash of steel,
And louder swell'd the horn,
And farther yet the tambour's peal
Through the dark pass was borne.
"The Suliote Mother" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Where is the song of Troubadour?
Where are the lute and gay tambour
They loved of yore?
Where is the mazy dance of old,
The flowing robes, inwrought with gold,
The dancers wore?
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For there his ae dochter sat at the tambour;
An' there the auld pirn wheel gaed birrin' like stour;
An' there on his loom the gude weaver wad croon,
As it rattl't awa', some holy saum tune.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Louis Vuitton's New Tambour Voyagez II Watch Evokes 1970s Racers.
This year, Louis Vuitton marks its 10th anniversary in mechanical watchmaking with a number of special edition Tambour watches, the brand's flagship model.
Cameroon duo de flutes foulbe et tambour flutes et rhythmes du cameroon buda records traditionnel.
Do you have a recommendation for a person or company that will fix the tambour on a roll-top desk.