- to become damp.
Origin of dampen
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Examples from the Web for dampener
Quick action by the increasingly professional Lebanese Army put a dampener on the clashes.After Beirut Bombing of Wissan al-Hassan, a Wary Calm in Lebanon
October 30, 2012
- to make or become damp
- (tr) to stifle; deaden
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Word Origin and History for dampener
1887, agent noun from dampen.
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