Word of the Day Archive
Friday December 31, 2004
tintinnabulation \tin-tih-nab-yuh-LAY-shuhn\ , noun:
A tinkling sound, as of a bell or bells.
One found oneself immersed in the infinitely nuanced tintinnabulations of clapping cymbal rhythms passed from one player to the next, in the barely audible, rain-like patter of drums that suddenly grew into an overwhelming mechanical onslaught.
-- Tim Page, "From Japan, The Thundering Drums of Kodo", Newsday, February 24, 1995
Tintinnabulation derives from Latin tintinnabulum "a bell," from tintinnare from tinnire, "to jingle."