I. noun Etymology: Middle English, black damp, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, vapor; akin to Old High German damph vapor Date: 14th century 1. a noxious gas — compare black damp, firedamp 2. moisture: a. humidity, dampness b. archaic fog, mist 3. a. discouragement, check b. archaic depression, dejection II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to affect with or as if with a noxious gas ; choke b. to diminish the activity or intensity of <
damping down the causes of inflation
liquid damps out compass oscillations
c. to check the vibration or oscillation of (as a string or voltage) 2. dampen intransitive verb to diminish progressively in vibration or oscillation III. adjective Date: 1590 1. a. archaic being confused, bewildered, or shocked ; stupefied b. depressed, dull 2. slightly or moderately wet ; moist <
a damp towel
; also humid <
damp weather
Synonyms: see wetdampish adjectivedamply adverbdampness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • damp — damp; damp·en; damp·en·er; damp·er; damp·ish; damp·ly; damp·ness; damp·proof·er; damp·proof; damp·ish·ly; …   English syllables

  • Damp — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To put out, as fire; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Damp — (d[a^]mp), a. [Compar. {Damper}; superl. {Dampest}.] 1. Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist; humid. [1913 Webster] O erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Dejected; depressed; sunk. [R.] [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • damp — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ slightly wet. ► NOUN ▪ moisture in the air, on a surface, or in a solid. ► VERB 1) make damp. 2) (damp down) control or restrain (a feeling or situation). 3) (damp down …   English terms dictionary

  • damp — [damp] n. [MDu, vapor, steam, akin to OHG, MHG, Ger dampf < IE base * dhem , to smoke, mist > DANK] 1. a slight wetness; moisture 2. a harmful gas sometimes found in mines; firedamp; blackdamp 3. Archaic a dejected or depressed state adj. 1 …   English World dictionary

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  • damp — (n.) early 14c., a noxious vapor, perhaps in O.E. but there is no record of it. If not, probably from M.L.G. damp; ultimately in either case from P.Gmc. *dampaz (Cf. O.H.G. damph, Ger. Dampf vapor; O.N. dampi dust ). Sense of moisture, humidity… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • damp — index repress, stifle, thwart Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • damp — adj moist, dank, humid, *wet Contrasted words: *dry, arid …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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