from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The capacity built into a mechanical or electrical device to prevent excessive correction and the resulting instability or oscillatory conditions.
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- v. Present participle of damp.
- n. The reduction in the magnitude of oscillations by the dissipation of energy
- n. The stabilization of a physical system by reducing oscillation
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In bleaching, a process by which a certain amount of moisture is added to a fabric after starching, to prepare it for finishing.
- n. The process or method of retarding or stopping the action of a vibrating or oscillating body, as a magnetic needle. See damp, v. t., 7.
- n. The stopping of the tendency to surge or hunt, in synchronous machines, as alternating-current generators or synchronous motors or converters, by means of closed low-resistance copper turns inserted in the pole-faces of the magnetic field. See amortisseur.
- n. Premature decay in plants, especially young seedlings, attributed to excessive moisture. See damp, 6.
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