(Tym"pa*num) n.; pl. E. Tympanums L. Tympana [L., a kettledrum, a drum or wheel in
machines, the triangular area in a pediment, the panel of a door, Gr. fr. to strike, beat. See Type, and
1. (Anat.) (a) The ear drum, or middle ear. Sometimes applied incorrectly to the tympanic membrane.
See Ear. (b) A chamber in the anterior part of the syrinx of birds.
2. (Zoöl.) One of the naked, inflatable air sacs on the neck of the prairie chicken and other species of
3. (Arch.) (a) The recessed face of a pediment within the frame made by the upper and lower cornices,
being usually a triangular space or table. (b) The space within an arch, and above a lintel or a subordinate
arch, spanning the opening below the arch.
4. (Mech.) A drum-shaped wheel with spirally curved partitions by which water is raised to the axis
when the wheel revolves with the lower part of the circumference submerged, used for raising water,
as for irrigation.
(Tym"pa*ny) n. [Gr. fr. a kettledrum. See Tympanites.]
1. (Med.) A flatulent distention of the belly; tympanites. Fuller.
2. Hence, inflation; conceit; bombast; turgidness. "Thine 's a tympany of sense." Dryden.
A plethoric a tautologic tympany of sentence.De Quincey.
(Tynd) v. t. [See Tine to shut in.] To shut; to close. [Obs.] Wyclif.
(Tyne) v. t. [Icel. tna.] To lose. [Obs. or Scot.] "His bliss gan he tyne." Piers Plowman. Sir
(Tyne), v. i. To become lost; to perish. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Tyne), n. [See Tine a prong.] (Zoöl.) A prong or point of an antler.
(Tyne), n. [See Teen, n.] Anxiety; tine. [Obs.] "With labor and long tyne." Spenser.
(Ty"ny) a. [See Tiny.] Small; tiny. [Obs.]
(Typ"al) a. Relating to a type or types; belonging to types; serving as a type; typical. Owen.
(-type) [See Type, n.] A combining form signifying impressed form; stamp; print; type; typical
form; representative; as in stereotype phototype, ferrotype, monotype.
(Type) n. [F. type; cf. It. tipo, from L. typus a figure, image, a form, type, character, Gr. the mark
of a blow, impression, form of character, model, from the root of to beat, strike; cf. Skr. tup to hurt.]
1. The mark or impression of something; stamp; impressed sign; emblem.
The faith they have in tennis, and tall stockings,Shak.
Short blistered breeches, and those types of travel.
2. Form or character impressed; style; semblance.
Thy father bears the type of king of Naples.Shak.