amp

noun (1)
\ ˈamp How to pronounce amp (audio) \

Definition of amp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : ampere
2 : amplifier also : a unit consisting of an electronic amplifier and a loudspeaker

amp

verb
amped; amping; amps

Definition of amp (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 informal : to make (someone) more excited or energetic : excite, energize Players either get amped by the electricity of the event or founder in the ambient chaos.— Jon Wertheim often used with up When Smith came out to accept her trophy, Bieber smothered her with kisses, and then pumped his fist to amp up the crowd …— Melissa Ruggieri
2 : to make (something) more intense : heighten, intensify The violence is amped by the presence of automatic weapons and gyrating camerawork, but it all feels very familiar.— Kevin Crust usually used with up The fledgling studio that wound up making the film … knew that it had teenage girls in its pocket, and wisely amped up the action scenes in the trailer in an attempt to snag male viewers as well.— Karen ValbyRoasting the pork at a low temperature in a spiced salt mixture amps up the flavor of the meat and makes it extra-tender.— Gabrielle Hamilton
3 : to increase the amount of (something) : raise In this convention year … the stakes have been amped.— Charles McGrath usually used with up As investors get used to steady returns, they start borrowing to amp up gains … and buying increasingly dubious stuff …— Pat Regnier… the producers always need to amp up the stakes, and, this season, there are a few new twists …— Andy Edelstein — see also amped, amped-up

AMP

noun (2)
\ ˌā-ˌem-ˈpē How to pronounce AMP (audio) \

Definition of AMP (Entry 3 of 3)

: a nucleotide C10H12N5O3H2PO4 composed of adenosine and one phosphate group that is reversibly convertible to ADP and ATP in metabolic reactions

called also adenosine monophosphate, adenylic acid

— compare cyclic amp

Examples of amp in a Sentence

Noun (1)

He plugged his guitar into the amp.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Roy suggested checking with his brother, Paul, who has a background in electrical engineering and has repaired a lot of amps over the years. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Guitar (From a Clarinet Case)," 28 Feb. 2018 The offending yowl had come out of an amplifier, though the issue didn’t involve the amp alone but the fact that it was connected to a hollow-box guitar. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘The Birth of Loud’ Review: Constructive Feedback," 17 Jan. 2019 Iconic gear like the McIntosh MC275 amp excites many collectors because of its history and status within the music industry. John Clarke, WSJ, "Addicted to Audio: Why Music Obsessives Blow Their 401Ks Chasing Down Vintage Gear," 18 Oct. 2018 To create a bare stage — no amps, stands or risers — the drum parts have been divided between six percussionists. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, "Inside David Byrne’s Cheerful Dystopia," 7 Mar. 2018 An iPad charge brick is rated to handle 2.1 amps, while the smaller iPhone charger is rated for just 1 amp. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Can You Use the Same Power Adapter for iPhone and iPad?," 27 Feb. 2018 This weighted version amps up the already-challenging exercise. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Fitness Gifts You Can Order From Target to Still Arrive by Christmas," 20 Dec. 2018 This includes virtual instruments like Syntronik, plug-ins like virtual amp AmpliTube, and a range of iOS apps. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "The best Black Friday deals for DJs and electronic musicians," 21 Nov. 2018 In terms of charging power, the Eclipse auto-detects your device's input to charge at as high a speed possible (maxing out at 7.8 amp). Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Is The Most Stylish Way To Store Your Chargers," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rosalía Rosalía is showing how any all black looked can be amped up with the Fendi zucca print. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's Fur Boots and More Instagram Celeb Style Moments From This Weekend," 18 Mar. 2019 If those aren’t enough reasons to be amped about the year in fashion, well, keep reading. 1. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 As antibiotics have become less effective at knocking back infections in recent decades, public health experts worldwide have amped up calls for more judicious use of the critical drugs. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors fear urgent care centers are wildly overusing antibiotics—for profit," 17 July 2018 In an extraordinary new Hollywood mural, the artist who is known for often blunt, declarative works that use plain language and sharp graphic design in ruminative ways has amped up the rhetoric. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Artist Barbara Kruger turns a bland building into a screaming statement. Time to listen up," 14 June 2018 All of that has amped up liberal criticism of the DCCC, which has long intervened in party primaries — but never in a year with so many challengers. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Pelosi defends Democratic Party’s efforts to sway Colorado primary," 26 Apr. 2018 Mix in different shades like ecru, alabaster, and ivory that will create a visual separation between your layers to amp up the visual interest. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Simplicity of White," 1 May 2019 Then amp up the fun and scale a 50-foot outdoor climbing wall, play 18-hole disc golf (a quirky hybrid of golf and Frisbee), and ride 200-foot-long waterslides at the on-site water park. Kristi Valentini, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 While the brand will still be stocked on Skinfix's site and on QVC, moving into Sephora is undoubtedly a major step forward in amping up the brand's cachet. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Skinfix's Products Are Getting More Eco-Friendly Packaging — and Coming to Sephora," 19 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of amp

Noun (1)

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1972, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amp

Noun (1)

by shortening

Noun (2)

adenosine monophosphate

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Medical Definition of amp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 amperage
2 ampere
3 ampule
4 amputation

AMP

noun
\ ˌā-ˌem-ˈpē How to pronounce AMP (audio) \

Medical Definition of AMP (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nucleotide C10H12N5O3H2PO4 that is composed of adenosine and one phosphate group and is reversibly convertible to ADP and ATP in metabolic reactions

called also adenosine monophosphate

— compare cyclic amp

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