[ dam-ping ]
/ ˈdæm pɪŋ /
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noun Physics.
a decreasing of the amplitude of an electrical or mechanical wave.
an energy-absorbing mechanism or resistance circuit causing this decrease.
a reduction in the amplitude of an oscillation or vibration as a result of energy being dissipated as heat.
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Origin of damping

First recorded in 1750-60; damp + -ing1
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How to use damping in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for damping

/ (ˈdæmpɪŋ) /

moistening or wetting
stifling, as of spirits
electronics the introduction of resistance into a resonant circuit with the result that the sharpness of response at the peak of a frequency is reduced
engineering any method of dispersing energy in a vibrating system
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Scientific definitions for damping

[ dămpĭng ]

The action of a substance or of an element in a mechanical or electrical device that gradually reduces the degree of oscillation, vibration, or signal intensity, or prevents it from increasing. For example, sound-proofing technology dampens the oscillations of sound waves. Built-in damping is a crucial design element in technology that involves the creation of oscillations and vibrations.
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