Týmpany. n.s. [from tympanum, Lat.] A kind of obstructed flatulence that swells the body like a drum.
Hope, the christian grace, must be proportioned and attemperate to the promise; if it exceed that temper and proportion, it becomes a tumour and tympany of hope. Hamm.
He does not shew us Rome great suddenly,
As if the empire were a tympany,
But gives it natural growth, tells how and why
The little body grew so large and high. Suckling.
Others that affect
A lofty stile, swell to a tympany. Roscommon.
Pride is no more than an unnatural tympany, that rises in a bubble, and spends itself in a blast? L'Estrange.
Nor let thy mountain-belly make pretence
Of likeness; thine's a tympany of sense.
A tun of man in thy large bulk is writ,
But sure thou'rt but a kikilderkin of wit. Dryden.
The air is so rarified in this kind of dropsical tumour as makes it hard and tight like a drum, and from thence it is called a tympany. Arbuthnot.