American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swelling out or inflation; an inflated or puffed-up mass or condition; hence, turgidity; bombast; conceit.
- n. In pathology, an inflated or distended condition of the abdomen or peritoneum; tympanites.
- To swell or puff up; inflate; dilate; distend.
- n. The sound made by beating a drum.
- n. medicine Tympanites (distention of the abdomen).
- n. Inflation; conceit; bombast; turgidness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Coined based on Ancient Greek τύμπανον (tumpanon). (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin tympanias, tympanites, from Greek tumpaniās, from tumpanon, drum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Tapping the knuckles of my left hand lightly with my right is like batting at a balloon, and I can hear the mellow tympany of the gas that is inside.”
“They had permission to turn over the late Sir Caspar's drum, though the place is more like an entire tympany section.”
“Well, are McCain and Palin are holding this girl now -- who apparently got impregnated at age 16, which is something that doesn't sit well with many of us, including those of who thump Bibles as if they were tympany -- in front of themselves to hold off the inevitable:”
“Only wise, only rich, only fortunate, valorous, and fair, puffed up with this tympany of self-conceit;  as that proud Pharisee, they are not (as they suppose) like other men, of a purer and more precious metal:  Soli rei gerendi sunt efficaces, which that wise Periander held of such:  meditantur omne qui prius negotium, &c.”
“Some are like woodwinds, some are like strings, some are like brass instruments, some are like tympany, etc. etc.”
“S — — was with child when she was last in England, and pretended a tympany, and saw everybody; then disappeared for three weeks, her tympany was gone, and she looked like a ghost, etc. No wonder she married when she was so ill at containing.”
“This practice of swathing was resorted to on account of the tympany  which followed these spasmodic ravings; but the bystanders frequently relieved patients in a less artificial manner, _by thumping and trampling upon the parts affected_.”
“For the rest, the blows were never administered except during the torments of convulsion; and at that time the tympany”
“Griselda among herbs, may be given with admirable effect in pottage, as a domestic aperient, "loosening the belly, helping the jaundice, and dispersing the tympany.”
“In most cases of indigestion characterized by fermentation and collections of gas in the intestine there is gastric tympany as well.”
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