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 for 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

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
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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.
           [1913 Webster + PJC]
     3. (Bot.) The calyx of a plant.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a frame made of two hoops; used for embroidering [syn:
           tambour, embroidery frame, embroidery hoop]
      2: a drum

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