damping definition

  • noun:
    • the ability built into a mechanical or electric product to stop exorbitant modification therefore the ensuing uncertainty or oscillatory conditions.
    • The decrease in the magnitude of oscillations by the dissipation of energy
    • The stabilization of a physical system by lowering oscillation
    • In bleaching, a process through which some moisture is included with a fabric after starching, to prepare it for completing.
    • The process or method of retarding or stopping the action of a vibrating or oscillating body, as a magnetic needle. See damp, v. t., 7.
    • The stopping of this habit of surge or hunt, in synchronous machines, as alternating-current generators or synchronous engines or converters, in the form of shut low-resistance copper turns placed inside pole-faces regarding the magnetic field. See amortisseur.
    • Premature decay in flowers, especially youthful seedlings, attributed to extortionate dampness. See wet, 6.
  • verb:
    • Present participle of damp.

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