damp definition

  • adjective:
    • somewhat damp. See Synonyms at wet.
    • Archaic Dejected.
    • Being in circumstances between dried out and wet; mildly wet; damp.
    • related to or impacted by noxious vapours; dejected, stupified.
    • Being in a situation between dried out and wet; moderately wet; damp; humid.
    • Dejected; depressed; sunk.
    • somewhat wet
  • noun:
    • dampness floating around; humidity.
    • Foul or poisonous fuel that often pollutes the atmosphere in coal mines.
    • Lowness of spirits; despair.
    • A restraint or check; a discouragement.
    • Moisture; humidity; moisture.
    • Fog; fogginess; vapor.
    • Dejection or depression.
    • A gaseous item, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc.
    • dampness; moisture; fog; fogginess; vapor.
    • Dejection; depression; cloud of mind.
    • A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pints, etc.
    • wet air; moisture; dampness.
    • A poisonous vapor; specifically, in mining, a stifling or poisonous gas. See black-damp, fire-damp.
    • A fog.
    • A check; a discouragement.
    • despair of spirits; dejection.
    • the most popular name of an ailment which strikes younger seedlings and succulent flowers, causing them to rot down near the surface of this floor.
    • a small wetness
  • verb-transitive:
    • In order to make damp or damp; moisten.
    • To extinguish (a fire, including) by cutting-off environment.
    • To restrain or always check; discourage.
    • musical To slow or stop the vibrations of (the strings of a keyboard instrument) with a damper.
    • Physics To decrease the amplitude of (an oscillating system).
  • phrasal-verb:
    • damp off Botany becoming affected by damping-off.
  • verb:
    • To dampen; to make wet; to dampen; to help make humid, or mildly damp; as, to wet fabric.
    • to place away, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check on or restrain, as action or vigor; to create lifeless; to weaken; to discourage.
    • To suppress oscillations (mechanical) or oscillations (electrical) by changing power to heat (or other type of power).
    • deaden (a sound or noise), particularly by wrapping
    • make obscure or obscure or make (a picture) less noticeable
    • lessen in effect or effect
    • restrain or discourage
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To render wet; to moisten; in order to make humid, or mildly damp; to dampen.
    • To put aside, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to test or restrain, as activity or vitality; to create lifeless; to deteriorate; to discourage.
  • others:
    • Moist; humid; reasonably wet: because, a damp cloth; moist atmosphere.
    • Clammy.
    • Dejected; despondent.
    • 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.

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