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tamp

[tamp] /tæmp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to force in or down by repeated, rather light, strokes:
He tamped the tobacco in his pipe.
2.
(in blasting) to fill (a drilled hole) with earth or the like after the charge has been inserted.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; perhaps alteration of tampion
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  • Even the administration seemed anxious to tamp down expectations.
  • We collectively have to do something to tamp down the anger.
  • He manages to tamp down crowds dying to be electrified.
  • Then he began to tamp at the hole with a three-foot-seven-inch iron bar.
  • Never tamp vigorously or continue to tamp after the explosives have filled-out to the walls of the hole.
  • Place concrete around posts in a continuous pour, tamp for consolidation.
  • Welders shall utilize as tamp to identify their work.
British Dictionary definitions for tamp

tamp1

/tæmp/
verb (transitive)
1.
to force or pack down firmly by repeated blows
2.
to pack sand, earth, etc into (a drill hole) over an explosive
Word Origin
C17: probably a back formation from tampin (obsolete variant of tampion), which was taken as being a present participle tamping

tamp2

/tæmp/
verb (South Wales, dialect)
1.
(transitive) to bounce (a ball)
2.
(intransitive) usually foll by down. to pour with rain
Word Origin
probably special use of tamp1
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Word Origin and History for tamp
v.

1819, "to fill (a hole containing an explosive) with dirt or clay before blasting," a workmen's word, perhaps a back-formation from tampion, that word being mistaken as a present participle (*tamping).

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