- 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 tamping
But behind the scenes, senate aides have been tamping down expectations for a quick fix.Campus Sex Assault Law Could Be ‘Two Years’ Away
Olivia Nuzzi, Tim Mak
July 3, 2014
The lingering financial crisis, the sequester, and ill-timed austerity are tamping down jobs growth.Robotic Technologies Could Aggravate the U.S. Problem of Slow Jobs Growth
July 19, 2013
The view Fig. 52 shows the "perforator" and the tamping apparatus at work.
In slab work, the concrete is best compacted by tamping or rolling.
The cost of laying and tamping the concrete on the vaulting was 14 cts.
He put in the powder and tamping, and asked the other to hand him the tamping-bar.Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines
"You guessed it," said Russ, tamping the tobacco into the bowl.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
- (postpositive) South Wales dialect very angry
- 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 tamping
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).