tympan

[ tim-puhn ]
/ ˈtɪm pən /

noun

Printing. a padlike device interposed between the platen or its equivalent and the sheet to be printed, in order to soften and equalize the pressure.

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Origin of tympan

before 900; Middle English: drum, Old English <Latin tympanumtympanum
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British Dictionary definitions for tympan

tympan
/ (ˈtɪmpən) /

noun

a membrane stretched over a frame or resonating cylinder, bowl, etc
printing packing interposed on a hand-operated text between the platen and the paper to be printed in order to provide an even impression
architect another name for tympanum (def. 3)

Word Origin for tympan

Old English timpana, from Latin; see tympanum
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Medical definitions for tympan

tympan-

pref.

Variant oftympano-
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