tamp

[ tamp ]
/ tæmp /

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.

Origin of tamp

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

tamp

1
/ (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)

tamp

2
/ (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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