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.
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
Either way, their predicament could put a long-term damper on the consumer spending that typically drives U.S. growth.
This excursion taught us how expectations that are not realized can put a certain damper on the tone of a trip.
A balancing damper is a type of valve for the air that can be partially closed or opened.
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.
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?
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.
Later, they cooked 'damper' - a simple flour and water dough - in coals, and ate it with syrup.
In this case, the damper is a metal rod embedded in concrete and steel casing.
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.