What does damp mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word damp.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. damp, dampness, moistnessadjective

    a slight wetness

  2. damp, dampish, moistverb

    slightly wet

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

  3. muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone downverb

    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

  4. dampverb

    restrain or discourage

    "the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"

  5. dampen, deaden, dampverb

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

    "muffle the message"

  6. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, breakverb

    lessen in force or effect

    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"

Wiktionary

  1. dampnoun

    Moisture; humidity; dampness.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. dampnoun

    Fog; fogginess; vapor.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. dampnoun

    Dejection or depression.

    Etymology: 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.

  4. dampnoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  5. dampverb

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

    Etymology: 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.

  6. dampverb

    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.

    Etymology: 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.

  7. dampverb

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

    Etymology: 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.

  8. dampadjective

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

    Etymology: 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.

  9. dampadjective

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

    Etymology: 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. Dampnoun

    moisture; humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor

    Etymology: [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See Damp, n.]

  2. Dampnoun

    dejection; depression; cloud of the mind

    Etymology: [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See Damp, n.]

  3. Dampnoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See Damp, n.]

  4. Damp

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

    Etymology: [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See Damp, n.]

  5. Damp

    dejected; depressed; sunk

    Etymology: [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See Damp, n.]

  6. Dampnoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See Damp, n.]

  7. Dampnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See Damp, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Damp

    damp, n. vapour, mist: moist air: lowness of spirits: (pl.) dangerous vapours in mines, &c.—v.t. to wet slightly: to chill: to discourage: to check: to make dull.—adj. moist, foggy: sometimes in the form Damp′y.—v.t. and v.i. Damp′en, to make or become damp or moist.—n. Damp′er, that which checks or moderates: a mechanical appliance for reducing currents, musical vibration, &c.: (Australia) a kind of unfermented bread.—adj. Damp′ish, somewhat damp.—n. Damp′ishness.—adv. Damp′ly.—n. Damp′ness.—Damping off (hort.), the death of plants from excess of moisture. [M. E. dampen; akin to Dut. damp, Ger. dampf, vapour.]

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

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of damp in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of damp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of damp in a Sentence

  1. Alabama Republican:

    Well, I got in this pocket... damp wet wipes. I am supposed to go ahead at every doorknob, everything else... no touching. They are always telling me do not touch my face. That is really hard, i have certain gestures I have had all my life... now I am sitting there like this.

  2. Van Dam:

    This is a rare occurrence that took place because cool, damp air became trapped in the lower levels of the canyon, it was literally stuck underneath a warm layer of air just above. In the meteorological world, this is referred to as an inversion when the temperature actually warms with height (as opposed to it cooling with a rise in altitude).

  3. Joseph Addison:

    Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul; and thus it may be looked on as weakness in the composition of human nature. But if we consider the frequent reliefs we receive from it and how often it breaks the gloom which is apt to depress the mind and damp our spirits, with transient, unexpected gleams of joy, one would take care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life.

  4. Wendell Porter:

    The amount of energy they can absorb from your body that night, they will be warm in just a matter of minutes, and then you'd have damp stuff that would mold your mattress. So you definitely don't want to do that.

  5. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche:

    Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him

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Translations for damp

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  • влажен, влажност, затихвам, задушавам, потиснат, униние, заглушавам, потиснатост, влага, унил, овлажнявам, рудничен газBulgarian
  • humitat, humitCatalan, Valencian
  • vlhkýCzech
  • fugtigDanish
  • befeuchten, ersticken, feucht, anfeuchten, abdampfen, Feuchtigkeit, dämpfenGerman
  • humedecer, humedad, húmedo, amortiguarSpanish
  • نمناکPersian
  • kostea, kaivoskaasu, sammuttaa, tukahduttaa, kostuttaa, vaimentaa, kosteusFinnish
  • mouiller, humidifier, moite, humidité, mouillée, amortir, humide, mouilléFrench
  • नमHindi
  • lembapIndonesian
  • humidaIdo
  • rakiIcelandic
  • rallentare, bagnato, grisù, umido, inumidire, soffocare, smorzare, umiditàItalian
  • לחHebrew
  • 湿っぽい, 湿るJapanese
  • ნოტიოGeorgian
  • mitrs, mikls, valgs, valgansLatvian
  • whakanotiMāori
  • lembapMalay
  • klamDutch
  • wilgotnyPolish
  • umidade, úmido, amortecerPortuguese
  • umedRomanian
  • сырой, влажныйRussian
  • fukta, dämpa, fuktighet, fuktigSwedish
  • nem, rutubet, nemli, rutubetliTurkish
  • 潮湿Chinese

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