- to excite or energize (usually followed by up): We were so amped up for the game that we forgot to eat.
Origin of amp2
First recorded in 1960–65; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for amping
The Moon makes a poignant link to Pluto in your sign, by Monday, amping intuition of new people and situations.The Stars Predict Your Week
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So the Obama people feel that amping up the base is their best play.Obama Plays to the Base
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From New York to Indonesia, these are the regions that are amping up security and bracing for the worst.Bin Laden Dead: Reactions and Commentary
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The pundits largely panned President Obama's first Oval Office address, devoted to amping up his response to the BP oil disaster.The GOP's BP Problem
June 17, 2010
- an ampere
- informal an amplifier
- Australian informal to excite or become excited
See also amp up
- adenosine monophosphate
- Australian Mutual Provident Society
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Word Origin and History for amping
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Adenosine monophosphate; a mononucleotide found in animal cells and reversibly convertible to ADP and ATP.adenine nucleotide adenylic acid
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- Short for adenosine monophosphate. An organic compound that is composed of adenosine and one phosphate group. It is one of the nucleotides present in DNA and RNA, and is also the fundamental component of ATP and ADP. During certain cellular metabolic processes, AMP forms from ADP when the latter loses a phosphate group, and AMP forms ADP by acquiring a phosphate group. Chemical formula: C10H14N5O7P.
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A typical household's electrical supply includes a total of 120 to 200 amps; a typical house circuit carries 15 to 50 amps.
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