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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of damp.
  • adj. stopped from smouldering and reigniting by the application of water
  • adj. (of an oscillation) that decreases in amplitude over time, especially because of the use of a damper


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  • In math, this idea is represented as a limit of a function oscillating and eventually approaching an asymptote; in physics this is known as damped oscillations (for all the math and science geeks).

    Lanny Davis: When We Pendulum

  • The rCube includes a "damped" steel developed by Toyota for its Lexus cars; its stiffness prevents distortion at high volume.

    Elite audio firm Arcam targets iPods – and goes for volume

  • I've also seen kits "damped" by strategically placed bits of cloth etc.


  • These youthful swings were damped in the population as a whole, but the overall mood of the country nonetheless became more conservative on social and moral issues.

    American Grace

  • Lines bit deep into either side of his mouth, his hair damped against his skull, face ashen.

    Earl of Durkness

  • January-May cotton imports by the world's largest cotton consumer and importer fell 12% from a year ago to 1.2 million tons as high international cotton prices damped China's buying interest.

    China Cotton Imports to Rise; Domestic Supply Faces Constraints

  • With the exception of Libya, most OPEC producers have damped unrest.

    New Cracks in Oil Cartel

  • And just as it had done then, it brought me back under control, damped down the rage and the loss.


  • Mr. Kenny's efforts to restore market confidence were damped by Fitch Ratings, which on Monday said that Ireland's solvency is fragile and there are significant threats to both its economic recovery and the government's ambitions for fiscal consolidation.

    Ireland's Kenny Seeks to Reassure Markets

  • So-called hawks such as Iran and Venezuela have long said they wanted $100 a barrel or more and have resisted any production increase that could have damped prices.

    OPEC Nations Face a Balancing Act


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