damp·​er | \ ˈdam-pər How to pronounce damper (audio) \

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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The standard equipment list included power steering, automatic transmission, two-mode rear dampers, radio, Connolly Vaumol leather trim, and fold-down rear back rest. Fox News, "1958 Bentley stolen by Saddam Hussein and destroyed in Iraq War restored in USA," 3 Aug. 2018 Now available in a quad-cab configuration in addition to the crew cab, the Rebel brings a one-inch suspension lift, remote-reservoir Bilstein dampers, an electronically locking rear differential, hill-descent control, skid plates, and tow hooks. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2019 Ram 1500," 15 Mar. 2018 First the first step that's always first: Make sure that the chimney's damper is open. Ross Mccammon, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build the Perfect Fireplace Fire," 30 Nov. 2018 The dampers are active ones from Magneride, and there's also four-wheel steering for added agility at low speed and better directional stability at higher ones. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The GTC4Lusso T is a Ferrari you really could drive every day," 23 July 2018 Johnson Controls has a Milwaukee headquarters and produces a wide range of technological products for buildings, including thermostats, security systems and dampers. Todd Richmond, The Seattle Times, "Foxconn joins Wisconsin companies to create investment fund," 28 Aug. 2018 Privacy - Terms Of course, for some fans (i.e. lawn ticketholders), the heat was a welcome respite from the showers, storms and downpours that have put a slight damper on sitting under the stars at Bryan’s concerts for the past several years. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Review: Luke Bryan’s concert was definitely hot. Was it casually political? Maybe...," 30 June 2018 According to the car manufacturer, the diaphragm material in the fuel pulsation dampers of certain engines can harden over time and crack, allowing fuel to leak and creating a risk of fire. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Lexus Recalls 121,000 Cars Due to Risk of Fuel Leaks," 27 June 2018 Swapping in a set of stiffer dampers would help tighten things up and maybe bring back a little of that original Eclipse spirit. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross proves times have changed," 13 June 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 How to pronounce damper (audio) \

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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