American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make damp.
- v. To deaden, restrain, or depress: "trade moves . . . aimed at dampening protectionist pressures in Congress” ( Christian Science Monitor).
- v. To soundproof.
- v. To become damp.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make damp or humid; apply moisture to; wet slightly; damp: as, the grass was dampened by a slight shower; to dampen clothes for ironing.
- To put a check or damper upon; make weak or dull; dim; deaden. See damp.
- To become damp.
- v. transitive To make damp or moist; to make slightly wet.
- v. transitive To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen.
- v. intransitive To become damp; to deaden.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make damp or moist; to make slightly wet.
- v. To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen.
- v. To become damp; to deaden.
- v. lessen in force or effect
- v. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
- v. make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
- v. check; keep in check (a fire)
- v. reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
- v. smother or suppress
- v. make moist
- damp + -en (Wiktionary)
“BOSTON (Ticker) -- Kyle Davies was not about to let a little rain dampen his major league debut.”
“Different parts of the human body – for instance, bones and soft tissues like the brain – dampen X-rays differently.”
“Now that also suggests that Raimi is sticking with the franchise in a production capacity, and that would kind of dampen any idea that they were seriously arguing and at deadlock over the future so that Sony and Columbia just cut all ties with him, wouldn't it?”
“This headline in the UKTimes cracked me up - not "dampen" but:”
“She hasn't really done anything to kind of dampen down this.”
“They'll make their way in and just kind of dampen things every single morning until next weekend.”
“Amato Evan and company suggest that dust storms moving west from the Sahara may help "dampen" hurricanes.”
“So, Democrats are in a race to kind of dampen down those expectations because if they don't do it, it will look like a loss.”
“Because of these supposed dangers, political leaders in democratic transitions are supposed to 'dampen' popular expectations.”
“I could alleviate the the effects somewhat and kind of dampen it and help cushion J.P.L., but I couldn't change that trend.”
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