tamp
I. transitive verb Etymology: probably back-formation from obsolete tampion, tampin plug, from Middle English, from Middle French tapon, tampon, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zapho tap — more at tap Date: 1834 1. to drive in or down by a succession of light or medium blows <
tamp wet concrete
>
2. to put a check on ; reduce, lessen <
tamp down rumors
>
tamper noun II. noun Date: 1920 a tool for tamping

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tâmp — TÂMP, Ă, tâmpi, e, adj. 1. (înv. şi pop.; adesea substantivat) Prost; tâmpit (1). 2. (reg.; despre instrumente ascuţite) Cu vârful sau cu tăişul tocit, ştirbit; tâmpit (2). – Din sl. tonpŭ. cf. magh. t o m p a . Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007 …   Dicționar Român

  • tamp — UK [tæmp] / US or tamp down UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms tamp : present tense I/you/we/they tamp he/she/it tamps present participle tamping past tense tamped past participle tamped to press a substance down by hitting it several times… …   English dictionary

  • Tamp — Tamp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tamped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tamping}.] [Cf. F. tamponner to plug or stop. See {Tampion}.] 1. In blasting, to plug up with clay, earth, dry sand, sod, or other material, as a hole bored in a rock, in order to prevent the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ţâmp — s. v. coapsă. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  ţâmp, ţâmpuri, s.n. (reg.) 1. şold, coapsă. 2. copac, ţubac. Trimis de blaurb, 21.03.2007. Sursa: DAR …   Dicționar Român

  • tamp — [tæmp] v [T always + adverb/preposition] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Perhaps from tampion, tampin plug, cover (15 20 centuries), from French tampon; TAMPON] also tamp down to press or push something down by lightly hitting it several times ▪ The… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tamp — [ tæmp ] or ,tamp down verb transitive to press a substance down by hitting it several times with something heavy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tamp — [tamp] vt. [? back form. < tampin, var. of TAMPION] 1. in blasting, to pack clay, sand, etc. around the charge in (the drill hole) 2. to pack firmly or pound (down) by a series of blows or taps …   English World dictionary

  • Tamp — Tamp, das Ende eines Taues, womit die Seeleute zur Strafe geschlagen, getampt werden …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Tamp — Tamp, das Ende eines Taues oder einer Kette …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • tamp — /tamp/, v.t. 1. to force in or down by repeated, rather light, strokes: He tamped the tobacco in his pipe. 2. (in blasting) to fill (a drilled hole) with earth or the like after the charge has been inserted. [1810 20; perh. alter of TAMPION] * *… …   Universalium

  • tamp — (v.) 1819, to fill (a hole containing an explosive) with dirt or clay before blasting, a workmen s word, perhaps a back formation from tampion, that word being mistaken as a prp. (*tamping) …   Etymology dictionary

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