from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Slightly wet.
- adjective Humid.
- adjective Archaic Dejected; depressed.
- noun Moisture in the air; humidity.
- noun Moisture that lies or has condensed on something.
- noun Foul or poisonous gas that sometimes pollutes the air in coal mines.
- noun Lowness of spirits; depression.
- noun A restraint or check; a discouragement.
- transitive verb To make damp or moist; moisten.
- transitive verb To suppress or extinguish (a fire) by reducing or cutting off air.
- transitive verb To restrain or check; discourage.
- transitive verb Music To slow or stop the vibrations of (the strings of a keyboard instrument) with a damper.
- transitive verb Physics To decrease the amplitude of (an oscillating system).
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Moist air; humidity; moisture.
- noun A poisonous vapor; specifically, in mining, a stifling or poisonous gas. See black-damp, fire-damp.
- noun A fog.
- noun A check; a discouragement.
- noun Depression of spirits; dejection.
- Moist; humid; moderately wet: as, a damp cloth; damp air.
- Dejected; depressed.
- Synonyms Humid, Dank, etc. See
- To moisten; make humid or moderately wet; dampen.
- To extinguish; smother; suffocate.
- To suffocate with damp or foul air in a mine. [Eng.]
- To check or retard the force or action of: as, to
dampa fire by covering it with ashes; especially, to diminish the range or amplitude of vibrations in, as a piano-string, by causing a resistance to the motions of the vibrating body.
- To make dull or weak and indistinct, as a sound or a light; obscure; deaden.
- To depress; deject; discourage; deaden; check; weaken.
- Specifically To diminish or destroy the oscillation of (a metallic body in motion in a magnetic field).
- [Dampen is now more common in the literal sense, and is sometimes used in the derived senses.]
- Synonyms To moderate, allay, dispirit.
- In horticulture, to rot or waste away, as the stems and leaves of seedlings and other tender plants, when the soil and atmosphere in which they are vegetating are too wet or cold: with off: as, flower-seedlings in hotbeds are especially liable to damp off.
- noun The popular name of a disease which attacks young seedlings and succulent plants, causing them to rot off near the surface of the ground.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Moisture; humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor.
- noun Dejection; depression; cloud of the mind.
- noun (Mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pints, etc.
- noun a damp consisting principally of carbonic acid gas; -- so called from its extinguishing flame and animal life. See Carbonic acid, under
- noun a curtain in a mine gallery to direct air currents and prevent accumulation of gas.
- noun a damp consisting chiefly of light carbureted hydrogen; -- so called from its tendence to explode when mixed with atmospheric air and brought into contact with flame.
- adjective Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist; humid.
- adjective rare Dejected; depressed; sunk.
- intransitive verb To render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; to dampen.
- intransitive verb To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Being in a state between dry and wet;
moderately wet; moist.
- adjective obsolete Pertaining to or affected by noxious vapours;
Moisture; humidity; dampness.
- noun archaic Fog; fogginess; vapor.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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CJ2A commented on the word damp
Soft rubber mounts were installed to 'damp' the machine's vibrations. Often the word 'dampen' is used incorrectly in this sense.
April 19, 2009
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