from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of tampion.
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- n. Alternative spelling of tampion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stopper of a cannon or a musket. See tampion.
- n. A plug in a flute or an organ pipe, to modulate the tone.
- n. The iron bottom to which grapeshot are fixed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as tampion.
- n. The inking-pad of a lithographic printer. Also tampon.
- n. A watch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. plug for the muzzle of a gun to keep out dust and moisture
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It was raining heavily all the forenoon, so we had not removed what is called the tompions (to my unprofessional reader I may say that the tompion is a very large piece of wood made to fit into the muzzle, for the purpose of preventing wet from penetrating).
The hexagonal barrel was plugged with a tompion of maple wood to keep out dirt.
Still the Pucelle closed the gap until at last Captain Chase had the tompion pulled from the barrel of his forward larboard twenty-four-pounder.
He is to see that the tompion is put in securely, and the vent and all screw-holes stopped by a plug of soft wood, and puttied over.
Sponger place the chocking-quoins square up against the rear part of the front trucks and put in the tompion.
One tompion with lanyard and wad | In the muzzle of the gun.
The whole length of the bore is ascertained by means of the measuring-staff, with the point screwed on, supported in the axis of the bore by the disks and half-tompion.
A brass head or tompion, fitted with a vertical arm, on which there is
The Loader and Sponger haul up and secure the lower half-ports, put in tompion, and secure muzzle-bag.
No. 3, First Loader, removes mortar-cover; takes out tompion and places it to the rear of mortar-circle, out of the way; provides grommet for resting shell on deck; gets scrapers and spatulas out of basket.