Moist; humid; reasonably wet: because, a damp cloth; moist atmosphere.
Synonyms Humid, Dank, etc. See wet.
To dampen; make humid or mildly damp; dampen.
To extinguish; smother; suffocate.
To suffocate with moist or nasty air in a mine. [Eng.]
to check on or retard the power or activity of: as, to damp a fire by covering it with ashes; specifically, to diminish the product range or amplitude of oscillations in, as a piano-string, by causing a resistance on movements of this vibrating human body.
to help make dull or weak and indistinct, as a sound or a light; obscure; deaden.
To depress; deject; discourage; deaden; check; deteriorate.
exclusively to decrease or destroy the oscillation of (a metallic human body in motion in a magnetic field).
[Dampen is currently more common within the literal feeling, and it is sometimes used in the derived senses.]
Synonyms To moderate, allay, dispirit.
In horticulture, to rot or waste away, whilst the stems and leaves of seedlings as well as other tender plants, once the soil and atmosphere where they've been vegetating are way too wet or cool: with off: as, flower-seedlings in hotbeds are specially prone to damp down.