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tamp

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/ tæmp /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of tamp

First recorded in 1810–20; perhaps alteration of tampion
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British Dictionary definitions for tamp (1 of 2)

tamp1
/ (tæmp) /

verb (tr)
to force or pack down firmly by repeated blows
to pack sand, earth, etc into (a drill hole) over an explosive

Word Origin for tamp

C17: probably a back formation from tampin (obsolete variant of tampion), which was taken as being a present participle tamping

British Dictionary definitions for tamp (2 of 2)

tamp2
/ (tæmp) /

verb South Wales dialect
(tr) to bounce (a ball)
(intr usually foll by down) to pour with rain

Word Origin for tamp

probably special use of tamp 1
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