- a plug or stopper placed in the muzzle of a piece of ordnance when not in use, to keep out dampness and dust.
Origin of tampion
Examples from the Web for tampion
Tampion, tamp′i-un, n. the stopper used to close the mouth of a cannon or mortar.
- a plug placed in a gun's muzzle when the gun is not in use to keep out moisture and dust
Word Origin and History for tampion
early 15c., "plug, bung," from Middle French tampon, nasalized variant of Old French tapon "piece of cloth to stop a hole" (late 14c.), a suffixed form of Frankish *tappo "stopper, plug," related to Old High German zapfo and Old English tæppa "stopper" (see tap (2)). Meaning "wooden plug for the muzzle of a gun" (to keep out rain or seawater) is recorded from 1620s.