noun, plural tym·pa·nums, tym·pa·na [tim-puh-nuh]. /ˈtɪm pə nə/.
- 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.
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Origin of tympanum
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Example sentences from the Web for tympanum
"The tympanum of the door will have no charm for us," the Abbé went on.The Cathedral|Joris-Karl Huysmans
Glιᵹbeam, ᵹlιpbeam (glig or glee-beam), tympanum; a timbrel or taber.Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, Volume I (of 3)|Thomas Percy
According to Darmstetter the word ‘timbre’ is own brother to ‘tambour,’ both being derived from a low Latin form of tympanum.Rustic Sounds|Francis Darwin
The tympanum over the door of the Norman chapel at Prestbury represents Christ seated in glory.Cheshire|Charles E. Kelsey
But this is not their whole apparatus of song—since, like the Tettigoni, they have also a tympanum or drum.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)|William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for tympanum
noun plural -nums or -na (-nə)
- 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