|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|
|7.||to embroider (fabric or a design) on a tambour|
|[C15: from French, from tabour|
embroidery worked on material that has been stretched taut on a tambour frame, which consists of two wooden hoops, one slightly larger than the other, fitting close together. The embroidery is worked with a needle or a tambour hook. When an expanse of material has to be covered that is too large for a fixed square frame, it is possible to do the work in stages on a tambour frame, stretching different portions of the material at a time. The frame is portable and suitable for carrying work around. Early examples of tambour work come from China, India, Persia, and Turkey. It was popular in Europe and the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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