damp

noun
\ ˈdamp How to pronounce damp (audio) \

Definition of damp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a noxious gas — compare black damp, firedamp
b archaic : fog, mist

damp

verb
damped; damping; damps

Definition of damp (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to affect with or as if with a noxious gas : choke
b : to diminish the activity or intensity of damping down the causes of inflation liquid damps out compass oscillations
c : to check the vibration or oscillation of (something, such as a string or a voltage)
2 : dampen

intransitive verb

: to diminish progressively in vibration or oscillation

Definition of damp (Entry 3 of 3)

1a archaic : being confused, bewildered, or shocked : stupefied
2 : slightly or moderately wet : moist a damp towel also : humid damp weather

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Other Words from damp

Adjective

dampish \ ˈdam-​pish How to pronounce dampish (audio) \ adjective
damply adverb
dampness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for damp

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Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usually implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (such as paint) not yet dry. slipped on the wet pavement damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture. clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness. a prisoner in a cold, dank cell moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry. treat the injury with moist heat humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air. a hot, humid climate

Examples of damp in a Sentence

Noun The boxes were left outside in the damp. the damp of the night Verb His hands were damped with sweat. refused to let the setbacks damp his drive for success Adjective Wipe up the mess with a damp cloth. Her forehead was damp with perspiration. My hair's still damp from the rain.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tomorrow (Friday): Morning is probably gray and a little damp, but the real rain doesn’t get going until later. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: A few showers or a storm possible this evening; much more rain to come Friday," 27 July 2017 The internet is a virtual catacomb, where the skeletons of human decency line the damp, mildewed walls. Christine Flowers, Philly.com, "Disgraced ex-TV worker didn't deserve humiliation," 15 June 2017 This damp—a byproduct of industrial smog mixing with moisture from the nearby ponds—is omnipresent, and repeated mentions more than illustrate Louis’s disgust. Samuel Metz, New Republic, "Édouard Louis’s Novel of the French Working Class," 8 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yellen’s speech, which lacked clear rate cues, did little to calm the price swings and damped expectations of a rate hike this year. Fortune, "The Gold Market Just Got Rocked by a Mysterious and Massive Trade," 25 Aug. 2017 BROOKS RIVER — A brown bear sow emerged from the alder fringes of the Naknek Lake shoreline, ambled to the water's edge and dropped in a huge blond lump onto pumice pebbles and damp black volcanic sand. Clark Fair, Alaska Dispatch News, "Beyond the bears: Here’s a rundown of other Brooks Camp attractions in Katmai," 29 July 2017 Apply the mixture to damp, clean hair and also massage it onto your scalp. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "4 Amazing Homemade Hair Masks for Healthier Looking Strands," 19 July 2017 Babies need to be constantly damp for some reason, like the whale at the end of Free Willy. Frank Kobola, Redbook, "9 Thoughts All Dads-to-Be Have About Baby Shopping," 10 Mar. 2017 A Milan judge on Saturday ordered Silvio Berlusconi to be tried on corruption charges, damping the former Italian premier’s hopes of running soon for office again after being sidelined by a tax-fraud conviction. Frances D&, Orange County Register, "New Italian trial set for Berlusconi in a corruption case," 29 Jan. 2017 These masterful shocks have somewhat redefined the state of the art in damping. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "Camaro goes nuclear: Chevrolet escalates the muscle car war," 18 July 2017 But thoughts of the team’s imminent departure did not seem to be souring the sweetness of the celebration, nor damping the blaring of horns or thinning the throngs downtown and along the edges of Lake Merritt on Thursday. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Warriors parade: Hundreds of thousands party in downtown Oakland," 15 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Spot treating involves doing a surface-only cleaning of the toy, by wiping its exterior using a damp cloth and a mild soap. Jolie Kerr, New York Times, "How to Clean Your Child’s Stuffed Toys," 17 Apr. 2020 Some experts advise wiping leaves clean with a damp cloth and giving them a bath in the sink or outdoors in the rain. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "10 ways to bond with your houseplants while you’re at stuck home," 27 Mar. 2020 Instead of greeting thousands of worshipers, volunteers stood in the damp cold, ready to explain to anyone who might not have heard that services are now online only, at least until the threat of Covid-19 has passed. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "A Sunday Without Church: In Crisis, a Nation Asks, ‘What Is Community?’," 15 Mar. 2020 After walks, wipe off their paws with a damp washcloth. Southern Living, "Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws?," 17 Apr. 2020 Ticks prefer damp areas, tall grasses, and shrubs, so keeping grass short, trimming trees and bushes, and raking up piles of leaves can go a long way toward minimizing the risk of a tick bite. Karen Asp, Better Homes & Gardens, "Bug Off: How to Prevent Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks on Your Pet," 7 Apr. 2020 The soil should feel damp (not soggy!) and not be allowed to dry out completely as the plant is getting established. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "The 3 Types of Roses Every Garden Needs," 31 Mar. 2020 Most distanced themselves on the damp sand at least six feet from each other. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus' swift spread causes further election uncertainty while Milwaukee sings and socializes -- from a distance," 29 Mar. 2020 Coated glass: Use a damp microfiber cleaning cloth or screen wipes for eyeglasses, phones, cameras lenses, computer screens, ear buds and remote controls. Rubbing alcohol can cause damage. Pillows: Fluff them every day to remove dust. oregonlive, "Coronavirus: How to easily clean everyday household objects," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of damp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for damp

Noun

Middle English, black damp, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, vapor; akin to Old High German damph vapor

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The first known use of damp was in the 14th century

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“Damp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damp. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for damp

damp

noun
How to pronounce damp (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of damp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: slight wetness in the air

damp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of damp (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet
: to make (something) less strong or active

English Language Learners Definition of damp (Entry 3 of 3)

: somewhat or slightly wet

damp

noun
\ ˈdamp How to pronounce damp (audio) \

Kids Definition of damp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : moisture The cold and damp made me shiver.
2 : a harmful gas found especially in coal mines

damp

verb
damped; damping

Kids Definition of damp (Entry 2 of 3)

damper; dampest

Kids Definition of damp (Entry 3 of 3)

: slightly wet : moist

Other Words from damp

dampness noun

damp

noun
\ ˈdamp How to pronounce damp (audio) \

Medical Definition of damp

: a noxious or stifling gas or vapor especially : one occurring in coal mines usually used in plural — see black damp, firedamp

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