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amp1

[amp] /æmp/
noun, Electricity
1.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; by shortening

amp2

[amp] /æmp/
noun
1.
amplifier (def 2).
verb (used with object)
2.
to excite or energize (usually followed by up):
We were so amped up for the game that we forgot to eat.
Origin
1960-65; by shortening

amp3

[amp] /æmp/
noun, Slang.
2.
Origin
by shortening
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Examples from the web for amps
  • All told, authorities have managed to confiscate everything from fake mics and headphones to loudspeakers, amps and mixers.
  • The set ends with smashed instruments and broken amps.
  • Wire the bulb circuit so that you can measure the volts and amps when the bulb is in operation.
  • What really separates amps from older systems is the back end call setup functionality.
British Dictionary definitions for amps

amp

/æmp/
noun
1.
an ampere
2.
(informal) an amplifier
verb
3.
(Austral, informal) to excite or become excited
See also amp up

AMP

abbreviation
1.
adenosine monophosphate
2.
Australian Mutual Provident Society
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Word Origin and History for amps

amp

n.

1886 as an abbreviation of ampere; 1967 as an abbreviation of amplifier.

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amps in Medicine

AMP (ā'em-pē')
n.
Adenosine monophosphate; a mononucleotide found in animal cells and reversibly convertible to ADP and ATP. Also called adenine nucleotide, adenylic acid.

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amps in Science
AMP
  (ā'ěm-pē')   
Short for adenosine monophosphate. An organic compound that is composed of adenosine and one phosphate group. It is one of the nucleotides present in DNA and RNA, and is also the fundamental component of ATP and ADP. During certain cellular metabolic processes, AMP forms from ADP when the latter loses a phosphate group, and AMP forms ADP by acquiring a phosphate group. Chemical formula: C10H14N5O7P.
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amps in Culture
amp (ampere) [(am-peer)]

A unit of electric current. One ampere corresponds to a certain number of electrons passing a fixed point each second.

Note: A typical household's electrical supply includes a total of 120 to 200 amps; a typical house circuit carries 15 to 50 amps.
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Slang definitions & phrases for amps

amp

noun
  1. An ampere, the electrical unit of measurement
  2. An audio amplifier, esp one used for electronic musical instruments
  3. An ampoule of a narcotic

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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amps in Technology

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Related Abbreviations for amps

amp

  1. ampere
  2. amplifier

AMP

  1. adenosine monophosphate
  2. Association for Molecular Pathology
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