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from The American HeritageĀ® 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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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