Meaning of tampion in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtampɪən/


(also tompion)
  • 1A wooden stopper for the muzzle of a gun.

    ‘In this case it was the seaman responsible for opening the tampion who had forgotten to do his job.’
    • ‘All that remains is the ship's bell, the wheel and some of the tompions that protected the barrels of her guns.’
    • ‘The sale will include 19 ship's bells and 22 ship's name boards, together with a small number of items such as tampions and honours boards.’
    • ‘Guns had been cleared and tampions taken from the guns' muzzles.’
    • ‘Repros of these are now available through several sutlers and are preferred over straight wood ‘plug’ type tampions.’
  • 2A plug for the top of an organ pipe.


Late Middle English from French tampon ‘tampon’.