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damp

[damp]
adjective, damper, dampest.
1.
slightly wet; moist: damp weather; a damp towel.
2.
unenthusiastic; dejected; depressed: The welcoming committee gave them a rather damp reception.
noun
3.
moisture; humidity; moist air: damp that goes through your warmest clothes.
4.
a noxious or stifling vapor or gas, especially in a mine.
5.
depression of spirits; dejection.
6.
a restraining or discouraging force or factor.
verb (used with object)
7.
to make damp; moisten.
8.
to check or retard the energy, action, etc., of; deaden; dampen: A series of failures damped her enthusiasm.
9.
to stifle or suffocate; extinguish: to damp a furnace.
10.
Acoustics, Music. to check or retard the action of (a vibrating string); dull; deaden.
11.
Physics. to cause a decrease in amplitude of (successive oscillations or waves).
Verb phrases
12.
damp off, to undergo damping-off.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English (in sense of def. 4); compare Middle Dutch damp, Middle High German dampf vapor, smoke

dampish, adjective
dampishly, adverb
dampishness, noun
damply, adverb
dampness, noun

damp, dampen, moist (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. dank, steamy. Damp, humid, moist mean slightly wet. Damp usually implies slight and extraneous wetness, generally undesirable or unpleasant unless the result of intention: a damp cellar; to put a damp cloth on a patient's forehead. Humid is applied to unpleasant dampness in the air: The air is oppressively humid today. Moist denotes something that is slightly wet, naturally or properly: moist ground; moist leather. 3. dankness, dampness, fog, vapor. 7. humidify. 8. slow, inhibit, restrain, moderate, abate.


1. dry.
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damp (dæmp)
 
adj
1.  slightly wet, as from dew, steam, etc
2.  archaic dejected
 
n
3.  slight wetness; moisture; humidity
4.  See also firedamp rank air or poisonous gas, esp in a mine
5.  a discouragement; damper
6.  archaic dejection
 
vb
7.  to make slightly wet
8.  (often foll by down) to stifle or deaden: to damp one's ardour
9.  (often foll by down) to reduce the flow of air to (a fire) to make it burn more slowly or to extinguish it
10.  physics to reduce the amplitude of (an oscillation or wave)
11.  music to muffle (the sound of an instrument)
 
[C14: from Middle Low German damp steam; related to Old High German demphen to cause to steam]
 
'dampish
 
adj
 
'damply
 
adv
 
'dampness
 
n

damp off
 
vb
(intr, adverb) (of plants, seedlings, shoots, etc) to be affected by damping off

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Word Origin & History

damp
early 14c., probably in O.E., but no record of it. If not, probably from M.L.G. damp; ult. from P.Gmc. *dampaz. Originally "a noxious vapor;" sense of "moisture" is first attested 1706. Damper of a piano is from 1783; of a chimney, 1788; either or both of which led to various figurative senses.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
dAMP
deoxyadenylic acid
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