damp·​er | \ˈdam-pər \

Definition of damper 

1 : a dulling or deadening influence put a damper on the celebration

2 : a device that damps: such 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 Australia : a simple usually unleavened bread of a kind made originally in the Australian bush

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Examples of damper in a Sentence

the pianist used the damper pedal on the piano for the quiet passages

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Its high price put a damper on our Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review; this discount feels much more in line with its actual value. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cyber Monday laptop deals are going fast—here are the best we found," 26 Nov. 2018 Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can put a serious damper on your outdoor fun. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018 That seems to have put a damper on its entire business model. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Notorious patent enforcement entity values its entire portfolio at $2, folds," 1 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, the role of stick-in-the-mud puts a damper on Groban’s natural charisma. Karen Han, Vox, "Josh Groban and Tony Danza’s appealing odd-couple dynamic can’t quite save The Good Cop," 21 Sep. 2018 The Alpha platform on which the CTS-V is based shouldn't be suited to tight and technical corners, however the magnetic dampers and electronic differential do a sterling job of disguising the car's 4,129 pounds. Michael Whiteley, chicagotribune.com, "In the name of speed: Autobahn Country Club lets Chicagoans be hooligans," 20 July 2017 Golden State put a bit of a damper on that LeBron to the Lakers thunder on Monday night. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Upset Dodgers broadcaster caught on camera after hearing of DeMarcus Cousins' deal," 3 July 2018 In the aftermath, about 15 rioters were executed, putting a bit of a damper on May Day. John Kelly, Washington Post, "May Day used to be a big deal in Washington. Could it ever be again?," 30 Apr. 2018 Still, the whole debacle has put something of a damper on what was supposed to be City’s procession to the title. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Manchester City’s Consolation: the Premier League Title," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of damper

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of damper

: 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


damp·​er | \ˈdam-pər \

Kids Definition of damper

1 : something that discourages or deadens The rain put a damper on our picnic.

2 : a valve or movable plate for controlling a flow of air a fireplace damper

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