from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A percussion instrument consisting of a small drumhead with jingling disks fitted into the rim, usually played by shaking and striking with the hand.
- n. A similar instrument without a drumhead.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A percussion instrument consisting of a small, usually wooden, hoop closed on one side with a drum frame and featuring jingling metal disks on the tread; it is usually held in the hand and shaken rhythmically.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small drum, especially a shallow drum with only one skin, played on with the hand, and having bells at the sides; a timbrel.
- n. A South American wild dove (Tympanistria tympanistria), mostly white, with black-tiped wings and tail. Its resonant note is said to be ventriloquous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A parchment-covered racket, resembling a battledore, with which the ball is thrown in the game of tamburello (which see).
- n. A small drum formed of a ring or hoop of wood or sometimes of metal, over which is stretched a single head of parchment.
- n. A long narrow drum or tabor used in Provence; also, a bottle-shaped drum used in Egypt.
- n. A Provençal dance originally executed to the sound of tabor and pipe, with or without singing.
- n. Music for such a dance, in duple rhythm and quick tempo, and usually accompanied by a drone bass of a single tone, as the tonic or the dominant, as if played by rubbing the finger across a tambourine.
- n. A remarkable pigeon of Africa, Tympanistria bicolor. See cut under Tympanistria.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a shallow drum with a single drumhead and with metallic disks in the sides
In the hands of a Jewish woman, the tambourine is a symbol of passage, hope, and achievement.
She doesn't look anything like Louise, who is lean and black haired, but the tambourine is a lot like the one I held in New Orleans last spring when we went to Mardi Gras and sang dive-bar karaoke.
He tells me that the tambourine is the sole feminine instrument of the Middle East.
One of the other musicians said that the tambourine is a female due to the fact that it makes a pretty jingle and is designed to be spanked.
Tests of strength and endurance occur between the men of the tribe; and visits are paid to the various settlements, during the long winter nights; and songs and choruses are sung, accompanied by a kind of tambourine which is made from the bladder of a walrus or seal, and stretched across the antlers of a reindeer.
The owner of a tambourine is the equal of a peer; the proprietor of a guitar is the captain of his hundred.
One of the young soldiers had a kind of tambourine—the soldiers sang songs around their own campfire.
Says the smooth hypocrite: "I should have set thee on thy way with joyful festivities (Hebrew:" joy ") and songs, with timbrel (toph, a kind of tambourine) and harp" (kinnor, perhaps originally an instrument more like a violin).
The Alaskan Indians stretch a skin into a kind of tambourine and beat it with a club to call a bull; which sound, however, might not be unlike one of the many peculiar bellows that I have heard from cow moose in the wilderness.
Then some thick-lipped musicians struck up music on quaintly-shaped stringed instruments, and the strange old man, bearing a kind of tambourine in his hand, came round to collect coins, the collection being repeated at the conclusion of each legend.
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