• WordNet 3.6
    • n timpani 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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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first percussion instrument introduced to an orchestra was the kettledrums, then called the timpani, in the 1600s.
    • pl Timpani .—Also Tym′pano
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Rolf went that very day to the farm of Obadiah Timpany, and offered to work by the day, hoeing corn and root crops.
"Rolf In The Woods" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Lord Timpany was paying his court to Georgiana, and it was clear that he was not unfavourably received.
"Crome Yellow" by Aldous Huxley
Egbert and me was at school at Timpany's; he's going to Eton next half.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
In Timpany's drapery establishment she raked the girls at the counter with a searching glance.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke

In news:

In high school orchestra, I just started really enjoying lessons on the drum set, then I actually took timpani lessons as a junior in high school, and by the end of that, I knew that's what I loved to do.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Joe Pereira plays the timpani at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
In rehearsal on Nov 15, Aidan Devaney excitedly plays the new timpani recently received by Tolland Middle School from the Friends of Tolland Music via a grant.
Jauvon Gilliam, for seven years a timpanist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, really, really wanted to win the vacant timpani position with the National Symphony Orchestra when the opening was announced last year.
Fleet Foxes, from Seattle, like their timpani, and their echo, love the sound of waves bouncing off walls, dig the high, lonesome wail of falsetto in harmony.
The orchestra accompanied with verve and buoyancy, however, placement of the trumpets and timpani, in addition to playing less loud, would have helped the balance considerably.
Bach 's music is all regal pomp reinforced by episodes starring virtuoso players on period reeds, recorders, oboes da caccia, trumpets, timpani and recorders.
The list of percussion includes snare drums, timpani, cymbals, brake drums, gongs, tuned percussion (marimba, chimes, xylophone), tambourine, and woodblock.