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

  • n. Any of various small-headed drums, usually long and narrow, that are beaten with the hands.
  • n. A monotonous rhythmical drumbeat or similar sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small joined pair of drums, beaten with the hands.
  • n. Any cylindrical drum, with no snare; part of a drum kit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See tam-tam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat on a tom-tom.
  • n. A circular dye-vat constructed in such a way that a series of upright mallets may be made to pound upon the material placed within it and thus work the dye-liquor well into the fiber. Largely used in hosierydyeing, particularly in the application of aniline black.
  • n. In India, the drum used by musicians, jugglers, public criers, etc.
  • n. Same as gong, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various drums with small heads


Hindi ṭamṭam, probably of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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