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tambour

[tam-boo r, tam-boo r] /ˈtæm bʊər, tæmˈbʊər/
noun
1.
Music. a drum.
2.
a drum player.
3.
Also called tabaret. a circular frame consisting of two hoops, one fitting within the other, in which cloth is stretched for embroidering.
4.
embroidery done on such a frame.
5.
Furniture. a flexible shutter used as a desk top or in place of a door, composed of a number of closely set wood strips attached to a piece of cloth, the whole sliding in grooves along the sides or at the top and bottom.
6.
Architecture, drum1 (def 10).
7.
Court Tennis. a sloping buttress opposite the penthouse, on the hazard side of the court.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
8.
to embroider on a tambour.
Origin of tambour
1475-1485
1475-85; < Middle French: drum ≪ Arabic tanbūr lute < Medieval Greek pandoúra; cf. bandore
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Examples from the Web for tambour
Historical Examples
  • Arabella had beside her a tambour frame, at which she worked, when her cough and cold sweats would permit her.

    Secresy E. (Eliza) Fenwick
  • But no, he never noticed him no more than the tambour that beat the rappel.

  • When they passed the Red Sea, Miriam and the maidens danced in chorus with singing and the beating of the timbrel (tambour).

  • Another work for the stage is the comic opera, "tambour Battant."

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • Chain and tambour Stitch are in effect practically the same, and present the same rather granular surface.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • Limerick lace is of two kinds, known as the tambour and run lace.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • The girls wore plain print gowns, and muslin aprons edged with tambour work.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison
  • At length the tambour in the great temple sounded the signal of assemblage.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • Mrs. Greene was engaged in a piece of embroidery in which she employed a peculiar kind of frame, called a tambour.

    Stories of Invention Edward E. Hale
  • She has not touched the tambour frame for nine or ten years.

British Dictionary definitions for tambour

tambour

/ˈtæmbʊə/
noun
1.
(real tennis) the sloping buttress on one side of the receiver's end of the court
2.
a small round embroidery frame, consisting of two concentric hoops over which the fabric is stretched while being worked
3.
embroidered work done on such a frame
4.
a sliding door on desks, cabinets, etc, made of thin strips of wood glued side by side onto a canvas backing
5.
(architect) a wall that is circular in plan, esp one that supports a dome or one that is surrounded by a colonnade
6.
a drum
verb
7.
to embroider (fabric or a design) on a tambour
Word Origin
C15: from French, from tabourtabor
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