tambour


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tambour \Tam"bour\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tamboured; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Tambouring.]
   To embroider on a tambour.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tambour \Tam"bour\, n.
   1. (Mus.) A kind of small flat drum; a tambourine.
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   2. A small frame, commonly circular, and somewhat resembling
      a tambourine, used for stretching, and firmly holding, a
      portion of cloth that is to be embroidered; also, the
      embroidery done upon such a frame; -- called also, in the
      latter sense, tambour work.
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   3. (Arch.) Same as Drum, n., 2
      (d) .
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   4. (Fort.) A work usually in the form of a redan, to inclose
      a space before a door or staircase, or at the gorge of a
      larger work. It is arranged like a stockade.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tamboura \Tam*bour"a\, n.
   1. (Mus.) A stringed musical instrument resembling a lute but
      lacking frets, with a small round body and a long neck,
      used to produce an accompaniment for singing; -- called
      also tambur, tambour, and tampur. [Also spelled
      tambura.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vase \Vase\ (v[=a]s or v[aum]z; 277), n. [F. vase; cf. Sp. & It.
   vaso; fr. L. vas, vasum. Cf. Vascular, Vessel.]
   1. A vessel adapted for various domestic purposes, and
      anciently for sacrificial uses; especially, a vessel of
      antique or elegant pattern used for ornament; as, a
      porcelain vase; a gold vase; a Grecian vase. See Illust.
      of Portland vase, under Portland.
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            No chargers then were wrought in burnished gold,
            Nor silver vases took the forming mold. --Pope.
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   2. (Arch.)
      (a) A vessel similar to that described in the first
          definition above, or the representation of one in a
          solid block of stone, or the like, used for an
          ornament, as on a terrace or in a garden. See Illust.
          of Niche.
      (b) The body, or naked ground, of the Corinthian and
          Composite capital; -- called also tambour, and
          drum.
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   Note: Until the time of Walker (1791), vase was made to rhyme
         with base, case, etc., and it is still commonly so
         pronounced in the United States. Walker made it to
         rhyme with phrase, maze, etc. Of modern English
         practice, Mr. A. J. Ellis (1874) says: "Vase has four
         pronunciations in English: v[add]z, which I most
         commonly say, is going out of use, v[aum]z I hear most
         frequently, v[=a]z very rarely, and v[=a]s I only know
         from Cull's marking. On the analogy of case, however,
         it should be the regular sound."
         The Merriam-Webster's 10th Colletgiate Dictionary says:
         "U. S. oftenest v[=a]s; Canada usu. and U. S. also
         v[=a]z; Canada also & U. S. sometimes v[aum]z."
         One wit has noted that "a v[aum]z is a v[=a]z that
         costs more than $100.", suggesting that the former is
         considered a higher-class pronunciation.
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   3. (Bot.) The calyx of a plant.
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