plural noun (often used with a singular verb)
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
Origin of timpani
Examples from the Web for tympani
Historical Examples of tympani
I stay in my attic room and play upon my tympani, my beloved children.
I am a poet, and play upon the tympani; the conductor and the orchestra are boors.
In the “battery” the instruments of prime importance are the tympani.How to Appreciate Music
But I begin to feel the call of New York on the tympani of my blood globules.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce
A few taps of the tympani, with which the composition ends, give the ring of finality.Franz Liszt
Word Origin for timpani
1876, plural of timpano (1740), from Italian timpani "drums," from Latin tympanum "drum" (see tympanum).
Italian for kettledrums; the term timpani is often preferred by composers and performers.