American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of timpani.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of tympano.
- n. alternative spelling of timpani.
- n. a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it
“The three muscles which regulate the tension of these membranes are termed the _tensor tympani, laxator tympani_, and _stapedium tympani.”
“The sound system was spectacular, no distortion, loud without being too loud and you could hear the full range of sound from the flutes way up high to the guy banging away on the tympani, the way music was meant to be heard.”
“Most of the actors play a great variety of drums, from tympani and bass, to African drums thumped with hands and fists.”
“GROSS: One of the things I like about that recording, it's so vivid, and I just love all the orchestral things going on in the background and, like, is it kettle drum or tympani that you ...”
“Its concert tent may have been a-hum with persistent air-conditioning noises, but over these, the youthful orchestra paraded an elegant woodwind section, agile strings and brass and a clutch of percussionists whose talents spanned everything from the most delicate triangle touches to a physical assault on the tympani at the end of the Berlioz “Symphonie Fantastique” that left the attacker red-faced and sweaty.”
“We lie in bed listening to the tympani of rain on the tile roof and burrowing into each other's warmth.”
“There were copper bottom tympani in horse platoons, thundering, thundering all along the way.”
“A low roll of thunder made itself heard over the city sounds, not close by, just a deep tympani rumble off in the distance.”
“A tympani solo of thunder rolled overhead as Henry sat on the wall to catch his breath.”
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