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tympani

[tim-puh-nee] /ˈtɪm pə ni/
plural noun, (often used with a singular verb)
1.

timpani

or tympani

[tim-puh-nee] /ˈtɪm pə ni/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
a set of kettledrums, especially as used in an orchestra or band.
Origin of timpani
< Italian, plural of timpano kettledrum < Latin tympanum < Greek týmpanon
Related forms
timpanist, noun
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Examples from the Web for tympani
Historical Examples
  • I stay in my attic room and play upon my tympani, my beloved children.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • I am a poet, and play upon the tympani; the conductor and the orchestra are boors.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • In the “battery” the instruments of prime importance are the tympani.

  • But I begin to feel the call of New York on the tympani of my blood globules.

  • A few taps of the tympani, with which the composition ends, give the ring of finality.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
  • They were stuffed Birds, set in cases round the walls, and the glass fronts of the cases had formed Smith's tympani.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions
  • It is done by Wagner in this case by long drawn-out chords followed by faint taps on the tympani.

  • So the horrible conglomeration of noises which assailed his tympani set him to wondering—and cursing.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • To his surprise and annoyance, he found the music stopping short at his tympani, powerless to enter his brain.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • He often called on me and we played duets for bassoon and tympani, and then read Amiel's journal aloud and wept.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for tympani

tympani

/ˈtɪmpənɪ/
plural noun
1.
a variant spelling of timpani

timpani

/ˈtɪmpənɪ/
plural noun
1.
(sometimes functioning as sing) a set of kettledrums, two or more in number Often (informal) shortened to timps
Derived Forms
timpanist, tympanist, noun
Word Origin
from Italian, pl of timpano kettledrum, from Latin: tympanum
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Word Origin and History for tympani

timpani

n.

1876, plural of timpano (1740), from Italian timpani "drums," from Latin tympanum "drum" (see tympanum).

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tympani in Culture
timpani [(tim-puh-nee)]

Italian for kettledrums; the term timpani is often preferred by composers and performers.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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