5. (Physiol.) A shallow metallic cup or drum, with a thin elastic membrane supporting a writing lever. Two or more of these are connected by an India rubber tube, and used to transmit and register the movements of the pulse or of any pulsating artery.

(Tam"bour), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tamboured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tambouring.] To embroider on a tambour.

(Tam`bou`rin") n. [F. See Tambourine.]

1. A tambourine. [Obs.]

2. (Mus.) An old Provençal dance of a lively character, common on the stage.

(Tam`bour*ine") n. [F. tambourin; cf. It. tamburino. See Tambour, and cf. Tamborine.] A small drum, especially a shallow drum with only one skin, played on with the hand, and having bells at the sides; a timbrel.

(Tam"breet) n. (Zoöl.) The duck mole.

(Tam`bu*rin") n. See Tambourine. Spenser.

(Tame) v. t. [Cf. F. entamer to cut into, to broach.] To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

In the time of famine he is the Joseph of the country, and keeps the poor from starving. Then he tameth his stacks of corn, which not his covetousness, but providence, hath reserved for time of need.

(Tame), a. [Compar. Tamer ; superl. Tamest.] [AS. tam; akin to D. tam, G. zahm, OHG. zam, Dan. & Sw. tam, Icel. tamr, L. domare to tame, Gr. Skr. dam to be tame, to tame, and perhaps to E. beteem. &radic61. Cf. Adamant, Diamond, Dame, Daunt, Indomitable.]

1. Reduced from a state of native wildness and shyness; accustomed to man; domesticated; domestic; as, a tame deer, a tame bird.

2. Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless.

Tame slaves of the laborious plow.

3. Deficient in spirit or animation; spiritless; dull; flat; insipid; as, a tame poem; tame scenery.

Syn. — Gentle; mild; meek. See Gentle.

(Tame), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tamed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Taming.] [AS. tamian, temian, akin to D. tammen, temmen, G. zähmen, OHG. zemmen, Icel. temja, Goth. gatamjan. See Tame, a.]

1. To reduce from a wild to a domestic state; to make gentle and familiar; to reclaim; to domesticate; as, to tame a wild beast.

They had not been tamed into submission, but baited into savegeness and stubbornness.

2. To subdue; to conquer; to repress; as, to tame the pride or passions of youth.

(Tame"a*ble) a. Tamable. Bp. Wilkins.

(Tame"less), a. Incapable of being tamed; wild; untamed; untamable. Bp. Hall.Tame"less*ness, n.

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