Fire damp
Damp 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. [1913 Webster]

Night . . . with black air Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Dejection; depression; cloud of the mind. [1913 Webster]

Even now, while thus I stand blest in thy presence, A secret damp of grief comes o'er my soul. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

It must have thrown a damp over your autumn excursion. --J. D. Forbes. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pints, etc. [1913 Webster]

{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 flame. [1913 Webster]


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  • Fire damp — Fire Fire (f[imac]r), n. [OE. fir, fyr, fur AS. f[=y]r; akin to D. vuur, OS. & OHG. fiur, G. feuer, Icel. f[=y]ri, f[=u]rr, Gr. py^r, and perh. to L. purus pure, E. pure Cf. {Empyrean}, {Pyre}.] 1. The evolution of light and heat in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fire|damp — «FYR DAMP», noun. 1. a gas formed in coal mines that is dangerously explosive when mixed in certain proportions with air. It consists chiefly of methane. 2. the explosive mixture thus formed …   Useful english dictionary

  • fire damp — kasyklų dujos statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Metano ir oro sprogusis mišinys, susidarantis kasyklose. atitikmenys: angl. damp; fire damp; mine gas rus. рудничный газ …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • fire damp — Carbureted Car bu*ret ed, a. 1. (Chem.) Combined with carbon in the manner of a carburet or carbide. [1913 Webster] 2. Saturated or impregnated with some volatile carbon compound; as, water gas is carbureted to increase its illuminating power.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fire damp — light, explosive hydrocarbon gases, chiefly methane, CH4, found in coal mines …   Medical dictionary

  • fire-damp — North Country (Newcastle) Words the inflammable air, or carburetted hydrogen gas of coal mines …   English dialects glossary

  • fire-damp — n. Carburetted hydrogen (in coalmines) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • fire-damp — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fire — (f[imac]r), n. [OE. fir, fyr, fur AS. f[=y]r; akin to D. vuur, OS. & OHG. fiur, G. feuer, Icel. f[=y]ri, f[=u]rr, Gr. py^r, and perh. to L. purus pure, E. pure Cf. {Empyrean}, {Pyre}.] 1. The evolution of light and heat in the combustion of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fire alarm — Fire Fire (f[imac]r), n. [OE. fir, fyr, fur AS. f[=y]r; akin to D. vuur, OS. & OHG. fiur, G. feuer, Icel. f[=y]ri, f[=u]rr, Gr. py^r, and perh. to L. purus pure, E. pure Cf. {Empyrean}, {Pyre}.] 1. The evolution of light and heat in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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