- to force in or down by repeated, rather light, strokes: He tamped the tobacco in his pipe.
- (in blasting) to fill (a drilled hole) with earth or the like after the charge has been inserted.
Origin of tamp
Examples from the Web for tamp
Smiley, meanwhile, tried to tamp down fears by comparing the Ebola outbreak to the SARS outbreak of 2003.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: October 19
October 19, 2014
There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing.CDC Director: First U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’
September 30, 2014
Sure, water filter makers put a bit of bactericide in their products to tamp down the infestation.Are Water Filters B.S.?
August 19, 2014
To some degree, Washington colludes with China to tamp down the nuclear threat from North Korea.A Winning Strategy for Iraq and Syria
Leslie H. Gelb
June 21, 2014
An executive of the National Auto Dealers Association claimed it would shut people out of the new car market and tamp down sales.The Chicken Littles Are Wrong: Environmental Regulations Always Spur Innovation
June 9, 2014
I could tamp a keg of powder so snugly into the hole of those skunks!The Face of the Fields
Dallas Lore Sharp
Colonel Fraser paused to tamp down the tobacco in his pipe with a fingertip.Dave Dawson with the R.A.F
R. Sidney Bowen
It is always a profitable labor to tamp the ground firmly about all the posts every spring.American Grape Training
Liberty Hyde (L.H.) Bailey
The amount of tamping is indicated by the fact that about 16 men out of 72 on each shift did nothing but tamp.
Care was taken to tamp the concrete so as to force the concrete stone into but not through the facing.
- to force or pack down firmly by repeated blows
- to pack sand, earth, etc into (a drill hole) over an explosive
- (tr) to bounce (a ball)
- (intr usually foll by down) to pour with rain
Word Origin and History for tamp
1819, "to fill (a hole containing an explosive) with dirt or clay before blasting," a workmen's word, perhaps a back-formation from tampion, that word being mistaken as a present participle (*tamping).