Definition of tambour in English:
1 historical A small drum.
- As the tambour (drum) was a spurned instrument, only the triangle could bring a strong support destined to accentuate the rhythms of the accordion dance.
- Today, the tambour has found its rightful place, a typical orchestra is made up of a tambour and a diatonic accordion, complemented by some percussion instruments: triangle, drum sticks, objects filled with grains producing a sound close to the maracas and empty tinned cans that are rubbed or struck.
- The Tambour also plays ongoing rolls at ranging speeds that provides a bass for the improvisation as a whole, as does the Triangle whose sounds are very softly present behind the entire improvisation, blending with the Cow Bell and Agogo.
2Something resembling a drum in shape or construction, in particular.
- A classic tambour, which is finished in Cherry on select hardwoods and genuine Olive Ash Burl veneers, features a carved sloping scroll design that cradles the dial and adds a sleek yet elegant shape to this beautiful mantle clock supported by polished brass bun feet.
- This special anniversary edition tambour mantel clock features decorative egg-and-dart molding that wraps around the base, and rare olive ash burl overlays accenting the front.
- The wood tambour skirt is a popular chocolate fountain accessory that easily transforms a chocolate fountain into an elegant display.
2.1A circular frame for holding fabric taut while it is being embroidered.
- A very similar application of screw threads was used in the stretchers for tambour and tapestry frames, except that the stretching was applied to both directions of the canvas yarns.
- She stoops over her heavy tambour frame, at work that fascinates her black spaniel dog, which stands with its forepaws on the front bar to watch her dexterity.
- The Tajik style of tapestries typically has floral designs on silk or cotton and is made on a tambour frame.
2.2 Architecture A wall of circular plan, such as one supporting a dome or surrounded by a colonnade.
- Without these sagacities, the brickwork of the tambour, in addition to taking a very long time so that the concrete could dry up and solidify, would surely have been too heavy to support the dome.
- In the fourteenth century, Macedonia was annexed by Serbia and numerous churches were renovated and built, mostly in the shape with a central cupola placed on a high tambour.
- This artistic masterpiece of all time, which still dominates the panorama in Rome from wherever one looks, even from the sky, was built from the design by Michelangelo, who supervised the work on it until the completion of the tambour.
2.4A projecting part of the wall of a tennis court.
- There are minor differences in the width or angle of the penthouse roof above the corridor and in the width of the tambour as well as the dimensions of the court.
- The practical significance of the tambour is that if you hit a shot off the sloped section (the ‘face’), it changes direction ninety degrees.
- All serving is done on one side while the other is called the ‘receiving’ or ‘hazard’ side due to the protruding tambour.
2.5 [usually as modifier] A sliding flexible shutter or door on a piece of furniture, made of strips of wood attached to a backing of canvas: a tambour door
More example sentences
- The bedrooms each had a fitted wardrobe with a large mahogany sliding or tambour door (those in the smaller bedrooms concealing a vanity unit), which gave the rooms a tidy appearance and enabled them to be more simply furnished.
- Its wide arched opening with tambour doors is a notable detail sometimes found on furniture from the Salem area.
- Floors jetty out, but are seemingly pulled back by the tambour shutters that make up the facade.
verb[with object] (often as adjective tamboured) Back to top
Decorate or embroider on a tambour: a tamboured waistcoat
More example sentences
- The west of Scotland was renowned for tamboured muslins, which were produced by women and girls working from home.
- Coggeshall and tamboured lace has cotton net mounted into a frame and is worked using a tambour hook to make a continuous chain stitch to outline the design and create the fillings.
- In this hospital the poor are well lodged, clothed, and fed; the house is kept clean and well aired; the young are instructed in the principles of religion, in reading English, and a little writing and are employed in such labour as is fitted for them, as making thread lace, tambouring muslins, setting card teeth etc.
Definition of tambour in:
- British & World English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.