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[tamp] /tæmp/
verb (used with object)
to force in or down by repeated, rather light, strokes:
He tamped the tobacco in his pipe.
(in blasting) to fill (a drilled hole) with earth or the like after the charge has been inserted.
1810-20; perhaps alteration of tampion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tamped
  • More importantly, it is unclear whether there are sustainable structures in place to keep the militancy tamped down.
  • In this variation, the farce has been tamped down to whimsy.
  • Crushed rock covered with tamped clay form the floor of the stalls.
  • After stone is set they should be tamped with handle of sledge hammer or block of wood to vibrate stone into bed.
  • The remainder of the excavation up to the original ground line is backfilled with suitable material that is well tamped in layers.
  • The log is placed in the trench and seated with tamped backfill such that water flowing down the slope will not run under it.
  • Yet, local control efforts may be able to keep the population tamped down, releasing pressure on the native ecosystem.
  • The backfill shall be tamped to insure contact with fascine and branches.
  • Concrete shall be tamped and spaded into pavement edge to insure bond and maximum density.
  • The gravel around the pipe shall be thoroughly tamped with an approved tamp.
British Dictionary definitions for tamped


verb (transitive)
to force or pack down firmly by repeated blows
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


verb (South Wales, dialect)
(transitive) to bounce (a ball)
(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 tamped



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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