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damp

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noun \ ˈdamp \

Definition of damp

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

Examples of damp in a Sentence

  1. The boxes were left outside in the damp.

  2. the damp of the night

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Origin and Etymology of damp

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


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damp

verb

Definition of damp

transitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of damp in a Sentence

  1. His hands were damped with sweat.

  2. refused to let the setbacks damp his drive for success

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First Known Use of damp

14th century


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damp

adjective

Definition of damp

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

dampish

play \ˈdam-pish\ adjective

damply

adverb

dampness

noun

Examples of damp in a Sentence

  1. Wipe up the mess with a damp cloth.

  2. Her forehead was damp with perspiration.

  3. My hair's still damp from the rain.

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First Known Use of damp

1590

Synonym Discussion of damp

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


DAMP Defined for English Language Learners

damp

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noun

Definition of damp for English Language Learners

  • : slight wetness in the air


damp

verb

Definition of damp for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet

  • : to make (something) less strong or active


damp

adjective

Definition of damp for English Language Learners

  • : somewhat or slightly wet


DAMP Defined for Kids

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damp

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noun \ ˈdamp \

Definition of damp for Students

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

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damp

verb

Definition of damp for Students

damped; damping

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damp

adjective

Definition of damp for Students

damper; dampest
:slightly wet :moist

dampness

noun

Medical Dictionary

damp

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noun \ ˈdamp \

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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