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- 2 Danish
- 3 Dutch
- 4 Swedish
Akin to Low German damp, Dutch damp, and Danish damp (“vapor, steam, fog”), German Dampf, Icelandic dampi, Swedish damm (“dust”), and to German dampf imperative of dimpfen (“to smoke”). Also Old English dampen (“to choke, suffocate”).
- Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist.
- O'erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear - John Dryden
- The lawn was still damp so we decided not to sit down.
- The paint is still damp, so please don't touch it.
- (obsolete) Pertaining to or affected by noxious vapours; dejected, stupified.
- 1667, All these and more came flocking; but with looks / Down cast and damp - John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 522-3
Being in a state between dry and wet
- Moisture; humidity; dampness.
- (archaic) Fog; fogginess; vapor.
- Night […] with black air / Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom.
- (archaic) Dejection or depression.
- Joseph Addison
- Even now, while thus I stand blest in thy presence, / A secret damp of grief comes o'er my soul.
- J. D. Forbes
- It must have thrown a damp over your autumn excursion.
- Joseph Addison
- (archaic or historical, mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc.
A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc
- (transitive, archaic) To dampen; to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; as, to damp cloth.
- (transitive, archaic) To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage.
- (transitive) To suppress vibrations (mechanical) or oscillations (electrical) by converting energy to heat (or some other form of energy).
- To damp your tender hopes - Mark Akenside
- Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug - Francis Bacon
- How many a day has been damped and darkened by an angry word! - Sir John Lubbock
- The failure of his enterprise damped the spirit of the soldiers. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
- Hollow rollers damp vibration. - 
To render damp
To put out, as fire
To suppress vibrations or oscillations
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Inflection of damp
- imperative of dampe
- Rhymes: -ɑmp
- past tense of dimpa.