Origin of amp1
First recorded in 1885–90; by shortening
- 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
Origin of amp3
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Examples from the Web for amps
Also gone: several beloved guitars and amps, plus hundreds of VHS tapes of "music that will never be on DVD," he says.In Sandy’s Wake, a New York Doorman Without a Home
November 23, 2012
After a tense, at times laughable chase, comes the kind of rah-rah moment that amps up the audience for the rest of the film.Best James Bond Opening Sequences: ‘Goldeneye’ & More (VIDEO)
October 4, 2012
The Aniston is a naturally pretty girl, but like most of us, she amps it up though hard work.My Love Affair With The Aniston
November 21, 2008
- 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 amps
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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