- slightly wet
- moisture diffused through the air or a solid substance or condensed on a surface, typically with detrimental or unpleasant effects；foul, stifling, or poisonous gas, especially in a mine.
- make (something) slightly wet；make a fire burn less strongly by reducing the flow of air to it
verb: damp, 3rd person present: damps, gerund or present participle: damping, past tense: damped, past participle: damped
noun: damp, plural noun: damps
- 1. slightly wet her hair was still damp from the shower
- 1. moisture diffused through the air or a solid substance or condensed on a surface, typically with detrimental or unpleasant effects the house reeked of mold and damp
- ▪ foul, stifling, or poisonous gas, especially in a mine.
- ▪ archaic damp air or atmosphere the damps of the valley
- 2. archaic a check or discouragement shame gave a damp to her triumph
- 1. make (something) slightly wet damp a small area with water
- 2. make a fire burn less strongly by reducing the flow of air to it he damped down the fire for the night
- ▪ control or restrain (a feeling or a state of affairs) she tried to damp down her feelings of despair
- 3. restrict the amplitude of vibrations on (a piano or other musical instrument) so as to reduce the volume of sound rapidly damping the cymbals after repeatedly clashing them together
- ▪ progressively reduce the amplitude of (an oscillation or vibration) concrete structures damp out any vibrations
- a person or thing that has a subduing or inhibiting effect: there's nothing like a swarm of bees to completely put a damper on a graduation ceremony
- a person or thing that has a depressing, subduing, or inhibiting effect: another damper on reactor development was the problem of safeguards
Oxford American Dictionary
- impervious to damp: any damp-proof membrane must be effective
- make impervious to damp by using a damp course: the foundation has been properly damp-proofed
- moisture absorbed from the ground into a wall: he is looking at ways to halt rising damp
- choking or suffocating gas, typically carbon dioxide, that is found in mines and other ...
- dry (something wet) until it is only damp: damp-dry the fish with kitchen paper
- a layer of waterproof material in the wall of a building near the ground, to prevent rising damp.
- a situation or event which is much less impressive than expected: my moment of power was a damp squib
- slightly wet: her hair was still damp from the shower damp November evenings
- moisture diffused through the air or a solid substance or condensed on a surface, typically ... the house reeked of mould and damp
- make (something) slightly wet: damp a small area with water