Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The gradual reduction of excessive oscillation, vibration, or signal intensity, and therefore of instability in a mechanical or electrical device, by a substance or some aspect of the device.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Premature decay in plants, especially young seedlings, attributed to excessive moisture. See damp, 6.
  • noun In bleaching, a process by which a certain amount of moisture is added to a fabric after starching, to prepare it for finishing.
  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of damp.
  • noun The reduction in the magnitude of oscillations by the dissipation of energy
  • noun The stabilization of a physical system by reducing oscillation

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Examples

  • The machine turns on a dime and the suspension damping is absolutely stellar.

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  • You don't have to figure out which brands will do better than the other or pay any attention to recalls damping sales of one brand to the benefit of another.

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  • You don't have to figure out which brands will do better than the other or pay any attention to recalls damping sales of one brand to the benefit of another.

    I'm Rollin' The Bones With Malone On Sirius XM Radio

  • Dampening: Also called damping, I described this as "the softening of a user interface through gradual transition instead of immediate state changes".

    Revisiting Web Development Trends for 2006 - Anil Dash

  • The latter describes the system damping, which is due to the viscosity of the surrounding gas, the re-radiation of sound and structural damping in the fork material.

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  • The latter describes the system damping, which is due to the viscosity of the surrounding gas, the re-radiation of sound and structural damping in the fork material.

    Engineering Hardware-Software

  • It's estimated that at the end of the current funding cycle next year the police authority will have lost more than £55million altogether due to damping, which is a system which means money is taken from some police authorities to ensure all areas receive a minimum funding grant increase.

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  • We have a very sensible 'damping' scheme at the moment. or has it just ended?

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  • A 'damping' mechanism is always sensible when there is big movement for any reason.

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  • Actually, usage supports both "damping" and "dampening" for this scenario, but I'll take the feedback under advisement.

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