from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A device used to absorb mechanical shocks, as a hydraulic or pneumatic piston used to dampen the jarring sustained in a moving motor vehicle.
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- noun A
mechanical devicedesigned to smoothout or dampany suddenshock impulseand dissipate kinetic energy; usually consists of a combination of a springand a dashpot
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- noun a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses
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