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verb (used with object)
  1. to force in or down by repeated, rather light, strokes: He tamped the tobacco in his pipe.
  2. (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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Related Words for tamped

load, lade, throng, crowd, bind, stuff, pile, cram, squeeze, smash, crash, slam, stab, sink, thrust, wedge, shove, ram, pack, overcrowd

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verb (tr)
  1. to force or pack down firmly by repeated blows
  2. to pack sand, earth, etc into (a drill hole) over an explosive
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Word Origin for tamp

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


verb South Wales dialect
  1. (tr) to bounce (a ball)
  2. (intr usually foll by down) to pour with rain
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Word Origin for tamp

probably special use of tamp 1
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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).

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