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Meaning of DAMP

Pronunciation:  damp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a slight wetness
  2. [adj]  slightly wet; "clothes damp with perspiration"; "a moist breeze"; "eyes moist with tears"
  3. [v]  lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
  4. [v]  make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message"
  5. [v]  restrain or discourage; "the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"
  6. [v]  deaden (a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping

DAMP is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: break, dampen, dampen, dampish, dampness, dull, moist, moistness, muffle, mute, soften, tone down, weaken, wet
 See Also: blunt, check, clamminess, contain, control, curb, damp, dankness, deaden, deafen, hold, hold in, moderate, soften, wetness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Damp\ (d[a^]mp), n. [Akin to LG., D., & Dan. damp vapor,
    steam, fog, G. dampf, Icel. dampi, Sw. damb dust, and to MNG.
    dimpfen to smoke, imp. dampf.]
    1. Moisture; humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor.
             Night . . . with black air Accompanied, with damps
             and dreadful gloom.                   --Milton.
    2. Dejection; depression; cloud of the mind.
             Even now, while thus I stand blest in thy presence,
             A secret damp of grief comes o'er my soul.
             It must have thrown a damp over your autumn
             excursion.                            --J. D.
    3. (Mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old
       wells, pints, etc.
    {Choke damp}, a damp consisting principally of carbonic acid
       gas; -- so called from its extinguishing flame and animal
       life. See {Carbonic acid}, under {Carbonic}.
    {Damp sheet}, a curtain in a mine gallery to direct air
       currents and prevent accumulation of gas.
    {Fire damp}, a damp consisting chiefly of light carbureted
       hydrogen; -- so called from its tendence to explode when
       mixed with atmospheric air and brought into contact with
  2. \Damp\, a. [Compar. {Damper}; superl. {Dampest}.]
    1. Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet;
       moist; humid.
             O'erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear.
    2. Dejected; depressed; sunk. [R.]
             All these and more came flocking, but with looks
             Downcast and damp.                    --Milton.
  3. \Damp\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Damped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Damping}.] [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See {Damp}, n.]
    1. To render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately
       wet; to dampen; as, to damp cloth.
    2. To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to
       cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make
       dull; to weaken; to discourage. ``To damp your tender
       hopes.'' --Akenside.
             Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements,
             and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring
             if it were not for this slug.         --Bacon.
             How many a day has been damped and darkened by an
             angry word!                           --Sir J.
             The failure of his enterprise damped the spirit of
             the soldiers.                         --Macaulay.
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