Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that deadens, restrains, or depresses: Rain put a damper on our picnic plans.
  • n. An adjustable plate, as in the flue of a furnace or stove, for controlling the draft.
  • n. Music A device in various keyboard instruments for deadening the vibrations of the strings.
  • n. Music A mute for various brass instruments.
  • n. A device that eliminates or progressively diminishes vibrations or oscillations, as of a magnetic needle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that damps or checks:
  • n. Bread made from a basic recipe of flour, water, milk, and salt, but without yeast.
  • adj. comparative form of damp: more damp

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A valve or movable plate in the flue or other part of a stove, furnace, etc., used to check or regulate the draught of air.
  • n. A contrivance, as in a pianoforte, to deaden vibrations; or, as in other pieces of mechanism, to check some action at a particular time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which damps.
  • n. A kind of unfermented bread, made of flour and water, and generally baked on a stone.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations
  • n. a movable iron plate that regulates the draft in a stove or chimney or furnace
  • n. a depressing restraint

Etymologies

From damp +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Either way, their predicament could put a long-term damper on the consumer spending that typically drives U.S. growth.

    Another Threat to Economy: Boomers Cutting Back

  • This excursion taught us how expectations that are not realized can put a certain damper on the tone of a trip.

    Playa Azul & Caleta de Campos

  • A balancing damper is a type of valve for the air that can be partially closed or opened.

    It is very hot lakeside

  • There was -- as you rightly pointed out, in first quarter last year, the big price increase is driven in part by taxes from the government, et cetera, and that did put a short-term damper on it.

  • But the disaster is not expected to put a long-term damper on the vaunted "special relationship" between the United States and Britain -- at least as long as a new cap on the well holds and the cleanup goes well.

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  • And then can you address these 10 Americans or missionaries, whatever they were - is there any concern that this has put a long-term damper on the relationship between the U.S. and Haiti with adoptions?

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  • He wants to extract revenge for what happened, and he wants to make amends before this puts a long-term damper on the NBA's popularity.

    The Out Route

  • Later, they cooked 'damper' - a simple flour and water dough - in coals, and ate it with syrup.

    Archive 2005-05-01

  • In this case, the damper is a metal rod embedded in concrete and steel casing.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Millennium 2000: Natural Disasters - January 2, 2000

  • In the late afternoon's winter drizzle, the clump of houses and the inn and store recalled a damper version of Howlett, the town where I had first met Justen.

    The Death of Chaos

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  • "In his duffel bag he finds an old linty piece of damper and hunkers down by the fire, resisting the need to pee."
    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 196 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    April 1, 2010

  • In Australian parlance, a kind of bread.

    November 27, 2007