Definitions for dampdæmp
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
dampdæmp(adj.)damp•er, damp•est, n., v. - adj.
slightly wet; moist:
a damp cellar; a damp towel.
unenthusiastic; dejected; depressed:
a rather damp reception.
(n.)moisture; humidity; moist air.
a noxious or stifling vapor or gas, esp. in a mine.
depression of spirits; dejection.
a restraining or discouraging force or factor.
(v.t.)to make damp; moisten.
to check or retard the energy, action, etc., of; deaden; dampen.
to stifle or suffocate; extinguish:
to damp a furnace.
to check or retard the action of (a vibrating string); dull; deaden.
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to cause a decrease in amplitude of (successive oscillations or waves).
Origin of damp:
1300–50; cf. MD damp, MHG dampf vapor, smoke
damp, dampness, moistness(adj)
a slight wetness
damp, dampish, moist(verb)
"clothes damp with perspiration"; "a moist breeze"; "eyes moist with tears"
muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down(verb)
deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
restrain or discourage
"the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"
dampen, deaden, damp(verb)
make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
"muffle the message"
dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)
lessen in force or effect
"soften a shock"; "break a fall"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
slightly, unpleasantly wet
damp clothing; the dampness of the air
Moisture; humidity; dampness.
Fog; fogginess; vapor.
Dejection or depression.
A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc.
To dampen; to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; as, to damp cloth.
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.
To suppress vibrations (mechanical) or oscillations (electrical) by converting energy to heat (or some other form of energy).
Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist.
Pertaining to or affected by noxious vapours; dejected, stupified.
Origin: Akin to Low German damp, Dutch damp, and Danish damp, German Dampf, Icelandic dampi, Swedish damm, and to German dampf imperative of dimpfen. Also Old English dampen.
moisture; humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor
dejection; depression; cloud of the mind
a gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pints, etc
being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist; humid
dejected; depressed; sunk
to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; to dampen; as, to damp cloth
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
Deficits in attention, motor control and perception
DAMP—deficits in attention, motor control and perception—is a controversial psychiatric concept conceived by Christopher Gillberg. DAMP is similar to Minimal Brain Dysfunction, a concept that was formulated in the 1960s. Both concepts are related to certain psychiatric conditions, such as hyperactivity. The concept of MBD was strongly criticized by Sir Michael Rutter [Gillberg, 2003, p.904] and several others researchers, and this led to its abandonment in the 1980s. At the same time, research showed that something similar was needed. One alternative concept was ADHD. Gillberg proposed another alternative: DAMP. Gillberg's concept was formulated in the early 1980s, and the term itself was introduced in a paper that Gillberg published in 1986. The concept of DAMP met with considerable criticism. For example, Sir Michael Rutter stated that the concept of DAMP was "muddled" and "lacks both internal coherence and external discriminative validity ... it has no demonstrated treatment or prognostic implications"; he concluded that the concept should be abandoned. Another example is the criticism of Per-Anders Rydelius, Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Karolinska Institute, who argued that the definition of DAMP was too vague: "the borderline between DAMP and conduct disorders [is] unclear ... the borderline between DAMP and ADHD [is] unclear"; he concluded that "the concept is in need of revision". And in 2000, Eva Kärfve, a sociologist at the University of Lund, published a book which argued that Gillberg's work on DAMP should be rejected.
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Translations for damp
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
This towel is still damp.
- úmidoPortuguese (BR)
- ελαφρά υγρόςGreek
- مرطوب؛ نمناکFarsi
- नम, गीलाHindi
- mitrs; drēgnsLatvian
- fuktig, klamNorwegian
- مرطوب؛ نمناکPersian
- لوندوالى، لنديل، لوندPashto
- nemli, rutubetliTurkish
- 微濕的Chinese (Trad.)
- вогкий, вологийUkrainian
- سیلا ہوا، نمUrdu
- ẩm ướtVietnamese
- 潮湿的Chinese (Simp.)
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