American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pack down tightly by a succession of blows or taps.
- v. To pack clay, sand, or dirt into (a drill hole) above an explosive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In blasting for quarrying and mining purposes, to fill (the hole made by the drill or borer) with tamping, after the charge of powder or other explosive has been introduced.
- To force in or down by frequent and somewhat light strokes: as, to tamp mud so as to make a floor.
- v. blasting to plug up with clay, earth, dry sand, sod, or other material, as a hole bored in a rock, in order to prevent the force of the explosion from being misdirected.
- v. To drive in or pack down by frequent gentle strokes; as, to tamp earth so as to make a smooth place.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. In blasting, to plug up with clay, earth, dry sand, sod, or other material, as a hole bored in a rock, in order to prevent the force of the explosion from being misdirected.
- v. To drive in or down by frequent gentle strokes.
- v. press down tightly
- n. a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.)
- Probably related to French tamponner ("to plug or stop"). See tampion. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps back-formation from tampin, variant of tampion. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“No knock that I could see - but a variation on the Staub tamp, which is a four quadrant tamp.”
“I noted that he tamped extremely well and used the piston tamp, that is, the arm straight up and bent at the elbow.”
“It's to kind of tamp down this sort of hysteria that led up to it.”
“And, in fact, one of the reasons that the White House put out this speech yesterday, so that everyone could read it, is to kind of tamp down this sort of hysteria that led up to it.”
“So, yes, as far as I know, the two times and each time those calls seemed intended, at least the leaking of the news of those calls seemed intended, to kind of tamp down this notion of a continuing feud.”
“So, yes, as far as I know, the two times, and, each time, those calls seemed intended -- at least, the leaking of the news of those calls seemed intended to kind of tamp down this notion of a continuing feud.”
“So they would like to really keep things quiet and kind of tamp down this whole vice presidential talk as best he can.”
“And basically, I think, started to kind of tamp down the wild expectations there are out there.”
“LIN: They can just contain these fire and kind of tamp them down a little bit then the fire - because the heat rising creates its own winds ...”
“I think that, you know, this was a time to kind of tamp tings down and not let it get as explosive as it's gotten now.”
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