from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A drum or drummer.
- n. A small wooden embroidery frame consisting of two concentric hoops between which fabric is stretched.
- n. Embroidery made on such a frame.
- n. A rolling front or top for a desk or table, consisting of narrow strips of wood glued to canvas.
- n. Architecture See drum.
- transitive v. To do (embroidery) on a frame consisting of two concentric hoops.
- intransitive v. To embroider at or on such a frame.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. drum
- n. a circular frame for embroidery
- n. the capital of a Corinthian column
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of small flat drum; a tambourine.
- n. 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.
- n. Same as Drum, n., 2(d).
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To embroider on a tambour.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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. 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. 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. The wall of a circular temple surrounded with columns.
- n. The circular vertical part of a cupola; also, the basis of a cupola when this is circular.
- n. 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. 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. Silk or other stuff embroidered on a tambour.
- n. In fortification, a defensive work formed of palisades, intended to defend a road, gate, or other entrance.
- 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.
- To do tambour-work; embroider by means of a tambour-frame.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a frame made of two hoops; used for embroidering
- n. a drum
Middle English, from Old French, ultimately from Arabic ṭanbūr, stringed musical instrument; probably akin to Persian tambūr, lute, from Middle Persian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French tambour ("drum") (Wiktionary)