- 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
Examples from the Web for tamped
In Manhattan, every neighborhood that once sang to the creative and sexual soul has been tamped down into generic somnolence.Cliff Lee Signs With the Phillies: Get Over It, New York
December 15, 2010
The concrete is tamped, struck off to shape and smoothed with the belt at one operation.
The stones are carefully tamped to place and covered with chips which are also tamped.
The wearing surface mixture is then prepared and tamped or rolled into place.
They found a willow switch and tamped a handkerchief into the wound.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
Then loose ice was tamped in around to make the stakes hold.The Young Treasure Hunter
Frank V. Webster
- to force or pack down firmly by repeated blows
- to pack sand, earth, etc into (a drill hole) over an explosive
- (tr) to bounce (a ball)
- (intr usually foll by down) to pour with rain
Word Origin and History for tamped
1819, "to fill (a hole containing an explosive) with dirt or clay before blasting," a workmen's word, perhaps a back-formation from tampion, that word being mistaken as a present participle (*tamping).