[ tam-pee-uhn ]
/ ˈtæm pi ən /
a plug or stopper placed in the muzzle of a piece of ordnance when not in use, to keep out dampness and dust.
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Origin of tampion
1425–75; late Middle English tampyon, variant of tampon<Middle French, nasalized variant of Old French tapon, derivative of tape plug <Germanic. See tap2
Words nearby tampion
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Example sentences from the Web for tampion
Tampion, tamp′i-un, n. the stopper used to close the mouth of a cannon or mortar.
British Dictionary definitions for tampion
/ (ˈtæmpɪən) /
a plug placed in a gun's muzzle when the gun is not in use to keep out moisture and dust
Word Origin for tampion
C15: from French: tampon
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