Meaning of tambour

tam•bour

Pronunciation: (tam'boor, tam-boor'), [key]
— n.
  1. a drum.
  2. a drum player.
  3. Also calleda circular frame consisting of two hoops, one fitting within the other, in which cloth is stretched for embroidering.
  4. embroidery done on such a frame.
  5. a flexible shutter used as a desk top or in place of a door, composed of a number of closely set wood strips attached to a piece of cloth, the whole sliding in grooves along the sides or at the top and bottom.
  6. drum (def. 10).
  7. a sloping buttress opposite the penthouse, on the hazard side of the court.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to embroider on a tambour.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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