- the recessed, usually triangular space enclosed between the horizontal and sloping cornices of a pediment, often decorated with sculpture.
- a similar space between an arch and the horizontal head of a door or window below.
Origin of tympanum
Words nearby tympanum
How to use tympanum in a sentence
O thou philosophic Teufelsdrockh, that listenest while others only gabble, and with thy quick tympanum hearest the grass grow!Sartor Resartus|Thomas Carlyle
When the tympanum vibrates under the influence of the voice, the stylus acts as a pawl and turns a ratchet-wheel.
The tympanum T is that which is used for recording the sounds, and M is a mouthpiece, which is fixed to it for speaking purposes.
The other tympanum, T', reproduces the sounds; and E E is a branched ear-piece, conveying them to the two ears of the listener.
The air bladder therefore assists the ear of the catfish as the tympanum and its bones assist the ear of the higher animals.
British Dictionary definitions for tympanum
- the cavity of the middle ear
- another name for tympanic membrane
- the recessed space bounded by the cornices of a pediment, esp one that is triangular in shape and ornamented
- the recessed space bounded by an arch and the lintel of a doorway or window below it