damper

7 ENTRIES FOUND:

damp·er

noun \ˈdam-pər\

: a flat piece of metal in a fireplace, furnace, etc., that controls the amount of air that can enter

: a small piece of wood inside a piano that is covered with cloth and that stops the movement of a piano string

Full Definition of DAMPER

1
:  a dulling or deadening influence <put a damper on the celebration>
2
:  a device that damps: as
a :  a valve or plate (as in the flue of a furnace) for regulating the draft
b :  a small felted block to stop the vibration of a piano string
c chiefly British :  shock absorber
3
Australian :  a simple usually unleavened bread of a kind made originally in the Australian bush

Examples of DAMPER

  1. <the pianist used the damper pedal on the piano for the quiet passages>

First Known Use of DAMPER

1707

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