Tym"pa*ny (?), n. [Gr. , fr. a kettledrum. See Tympanites.]

1. Med.

A flatulent distention of the belly; tympanites.

Fuller.

2.

Hence, inflation; conceit; bombast; turgidness.

"Thine 's a tympany of sense."

Dryden.

A plethoric a tautologic tympany of sentence. De Quincey.

 

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