The days are short, and in the evening dampness rises out of the vast plain, and hovers like smoke beneath the glowing sky.
The dripping of water reached the ear; the smell of dampness the nostrils.
The dampness has not really gone but turned into another form and made the surrounding air a little more damp.
Round these there were circles of dampness, showing that evaporation was taking place.
As it was, the incessant chill and dampness of the weather had done his health no good.
A faint, searching woods perfume of dampness greets your nostrils.
The faint odor of dampness, peculiar to rooms that have been long shut up, issued from the place, which was as dark as a tomb.
The dampness was affecting him, and he wrapped his muffler more closely about his neck.
The state-room was uncomfortable, though, strange to say, I could not smell the dampness which had annoyed me in the night.
No dampness or phosphorus impaired the clarity of its walls.
early 14c., "a noxious vapor," perhaps in Old English but there is no record of it. If not, probably from Middle Low German damp; ultimately in either case from Proto-Germanic *dampaz (cf. Old High German damph, German Dampf "vapor;" Old Norse dampi "dust"). Sense of "moisture, humidity" is first certainly attested 1706.
late 14c., "to suffocate," from damp (n.). Figurative meaning "to deaden (the spirits, etc.)" attested by 1540s. Meaning "to moisten" is recorded from 1670s. Related: Damped; damping.
1580s, "dazed," from damp (n.). Meaning "slightly wet" is from 1706. Related: Dampness.