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[tam-pee-uh n]
  1. 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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Also tompion.

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
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Historical Examples

  • Tampion, tamp′i-un, n. the stopper used to close the mouth of a cannon or mortar.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)


British Dictionary definitions for tampion



  1. a plug placed in a gun's muzzle when the gun is not in use to keep out moisture and dust
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Word Origin

C15: from French: tampon
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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.

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