adjective, damp·er, damp·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of damp
Synonyms for damp
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Examples from the Web for damping
Historical Examples of damping
Mr Vernon had recourse to a ruse to assist in damping their spirits.Salt Water
W. H. G. Kingston
We neither of us answered, for it seemed like damping his enterprise.Devon Boys
George Manville Fenn
These two methods of damping are confined to upright pianos.How it Works
“I am slow to make discoveries,” said Horrocks grimly, damping her suddenly.The Plattner Story and Others
H. G. Wells
Damping the groundwork, except where the ornament is placed, should be avoided.The Decoration of Leather
Georges de Rcy
Word Origin for damp
late 14c., "to suffocate," from damp (n.). Figurative meaning "to deaden (the spirits, etc.)" attested by 1540s. Meaning "to moisten" is recorded from 1670s. Related: Damped; damping.
1580s, "dazed," from damp (n.). Meaning "slightly wet" is from 1706. Related: Dampness.
early 14c., "a noxious vapor," perhaps in Old English but there is no record of it. If not, probably from Middle Low German damp; ultimately in either case from Proto-Germanic *dampaz (cf. Old High German damph, German Dampf "vapor;" Old Norse dampi "dust"). Sense of "moisture, humidity" is first certainly attested 1706.