Definitions for dampdæmp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dampdæmp(adj.)damp•er, damp•est, n., v. - adj.

  1. slightly wet; moist:

    a damp cellar; a damp towel.

  2. unenthusiastic; dejected; depressed:

    a rather damp reception.

  3. (n.)moisture; humidity; moist air.

  4. a noxious or stifling vapor or gas, esp. in a mine.

  5. depression of spirits; dejection.

  6. a restraining or discouraging force or factor.

  7. (v.t.)to make damp; moisten.

  8. to check or retard the energy, action, etc., of; deaden; dampen.

  9. to stifle or suffocate; extinguish:

    to damp a furnace.

  10. to check or retard the action of (a vibrating string); dull; deaden.

    Category: Music and Dance

  11. to cause a decrease in amplitude of (successive oscillations or waves).

    Category: Physics

Origin of damp:

1300–50; cf. MD damp, MHG dampf vapor, smoke


Princeton's WordNet

  1. damp, dampness, moistness(adj)

    a slight wetness

  2. damp, dampish, moist(verb)

    slightly wet

    "clothes damp with perspiration"; "a moist breeze"; "eyes moist with tears"

  3. muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down(verb)

    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

  4. damp(verb)

    restrain or discourage

    "the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"

  5. dampen, deaden, damp(verb)

    make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible

    "muffle the message"

  6. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)

    lessen in force or effect

    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. damp(adjective)æmp

    slightly, unpleasantly wet

    damp clothing; the dampness of the air


  1. damp(Noun)

    Moisture; humidity; dampness.

  2. damp(Noun)

    Fog; fogginess; vapor.

  3. damp(Noun)

    Dejection or depression.

  4. damp(Noun)

    A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc.

  5. damp(Verb)

    To dampen; to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; as, to damp cloth.

  6. damp(Verb)

    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.

  7. damp(Verb)

    To suppress vibrations (mechanical) or oscillations (electrical) by converting energy to heat (or some other form of energy).

  8. damp(Adjective)

    Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist.

  9. damp(Adjective)

    Pertaining to or affected by noxious vapours; dejected, stupified.

  10. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Damp(noun)

    moisture; humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor

  2. Damp(noun)

    dejection; depression; cloud of the mind

  3. Damp(noun)

    a gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pints, etc

  4. Damp

    being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist; humid

  5. Damp

    dejected; depressed; sunk

  6. Damp(noun)

    to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; to dampen; as, to damp cloth

  7. Damp(noun)

    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


  1. 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.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'damp' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4838

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'damp' in Adjectives Frequency: #654

Anagrams of damp

  1. M.D. Pa.

Translations for damp

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slightly wet

This towel is still damp.

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