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.

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  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, ultimately from Arabic ṭanbūr, stringed musical instrument; probably akin to Persian tambūr, lute, from Middle Persian.

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From French tambour ("drum")


  • The name comes from the Persian word, suzan, or needle, and its predominant embroidery technique is chain stitch, done with an instrument called a tambour, which is a hooked needle something along the lines of a sharp crochet hook that pierces fabric and draws embroidery thread from behind through to the design side.

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  • A girl and doves in tambour, a cat and mouse in marking stitch, a small oval imitation in "print-work," as it was called of a painter's etching, a landscape in coloured worsteds from a good drawing, and a

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  • The loops which are made with a small hook, called a tambour needle, form a fine chain stitch and must be regular and even; to facilitate this a sort of thimble, fig. 842, is worn on the forefinger of the right hand, formed of a small plate of sheet brass, rolled up but not joined, so as to fit any finger; it is open at the top like a tailor's thimble and has a little notch on the side which is placed above the nail, and in which you lay the tambour needle whilst you work.

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  • The rest of the village was in full attendance, for it was not every day in the week that the "tambour," the town-crier, had business enough to render his appearance, in his official capacity, necessary; as a mere townsman he was to be seen any hour of the day, as drunk as a lord, at the sign of "L'Ami Fidèle."

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  • Actually, for many years, we have done this to the French language in Quebec, sans tambour ni trompette.

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  • And send out blasts of tambour voice, team and team of religion warriors had standed guard places.

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  • Observe your thoughts as our reality is a reflection of their tambour.

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  • Julia Dault For her site-specific sculptures, Ms. Dault , 34, wrestles sheets of mirrored Plexiglas, Formica and tambour into fat curves and cylinders, securing them with cotton cord and boxing wraps.

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  • Steve Bloom joined in with a bodhran (an Irish frame drum), tambour (a cylindrical two-headed drum) and cymbals.

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  • Historika offered to either put some tambour embroidery on the sleeves and bodice of the cream French muslin or to dye the Swiss lawn.

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