1. timpani

noun. ['ˈtɪmpəˌniː'] a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it.


  • tympanum
  • kettledrum
  • kettle
  • percussion instrument
  • tympani


  • τύμπανον (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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Words that Rhyme with Timpani

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Example sentences of the word timpani

1. Noun, singular or mass
Kettle drums, or timpani, have pitch which is adjusted by changing the tension of the heads.

2. Preposition or subordinating conjunction
Therefore, timpani drums can be somewhat melodic.