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tympan

[tim-puh n] /ˈtɪm pən/
noun
1.
Printing. a padlike device interposed between the platen or its equivalent and the sheet to be printed, in order to soften and equalize the pressure.
2.
tympanum (defs 2, 4).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English: drum, Old English < Latin tympanum tympanum
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tympan

/ˈtɪmpən/
noun
1.
a membrane stretched over a frame or resonating cylinder, bowl, etc
2.
(printing) packing interposed on a hand-operated text between the platen and the paper to be printed in order to provide an even impression
3.
(architect) another name for tympanum (sense 3)
Word Origin
Old English timpana, from Latin; see tympanum
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