• 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

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