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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’.
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