from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A gong having a metal disk struck with a felt-covered hammer or stick used in a gamelan orchestra.
- n. Variant of tom-tom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a flat gong (without knob) that is struck with a felt-covered hammer
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of drum used in the East Indies and other Oriental countries; -- called also tom-tom.
- n. A gong. See gong, n., 1.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See tom-tom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a percussion instrument consisting of a metal plate that is struck with a softheaded drumstick
While actual meet-ups are underway throughout the country, the electronic tam-tam is also spreading via Twitter.
No, that's a percussionist called Jimmy Blades having a "J Arthur Rank" on a chau gong or tam-tam.
CURNOW: With the disease still ravaging the continent, the song a call to each African to act as a tam-tam drum and to pass on the message to those who have not heard it.
Goodsall: guitar Giblin: bass Robinson: synthesizers and tam-tam Lumley: keyboards Collins: drums
Jones: bass Robinson: keyboards and tam-tam Clarke: drums Goodsall: guitar
The whole machine roared like a gigantic tam-tam to the vibration of the Venturis.
Then there is the thump, thump of the tam-tam, the whistling of fifes, and the screeching of a horrible instrument resembling a fiddle, which can only be compared with the Belzebub music of Hawai.
In the score of the Second Symphony he calls for six timpani, bass and snare-drums, a high and a low tam-tam, cymbals, a triangle, glockenspiel, three deep-toned bells, in the chief orchestra; besides a bass-drum, triangle and cymbals in the supplementary.
I presently reached a glade in a thicket, about eight yards across, that had a scent of lime and orange, where the just-sufficient twilight enabled me to see some old bones, three skulls, and the edge of a tam-tam peeping from a tuft of wild corn with corn-flowers, and here and there some golden champac, and all about a profusion of musk-roses.
 The _tam-tam_ and the _pum-piang_ are still used.
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