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
Recent Examples on the Web The bill’s net-zero rules for buildings also could put a damper on natural gas hookups. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a look at the winners and losers in the state’s far-reaching climate bill," 4 Jan. 2021 The Tar Heels bring an explosive offense to this matchup, but they’ve been hit with several opt-outs since the end of the season that may put a damper on their first Orange Bowl appearance. Hannah Underwood, Dallas News, "Texas A&M prediction: Will Aggies get a win in their first Orange Bowl appearance in 77 years?," 31 Dec. 2020 Fitting for the last day of 2020, a pair of storms could put a damper on New Year's Eve celebrations across large portions of the U.S. Editors, USA TODAY, "New Year's Eve, retirement accounts, Brexit: 5 things to know Thursday," 31 Dec. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on Christmas at the place where it is said to have all begun. New York Times, "A Covid Christmas Comes to Bethlehem," 24 Dec. 2020 Then a rogue web posting can put a damper on all those careful plans. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Hyundai Austria Leaks Specs of Upcoming 2022 Ioniq 5 EV," 23 Dec. 2020 Only a handful of games outside Baltimore could put a damper on the highs and high jinks of a third straight win. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens’ blowout win over Jaguars shows power they can wield — and how much is still out of their control," 20 Dec. 2020 The emergence of the mutant strain of the virus in Britain is threatening to put a damper on year-end, as investors count down to the end of a chaotic 2020. Cecile Gutscher, Bloomberg.com, "Stocks, Futures Slump on Virus Curbs; Bonds Rally: Markets Wrap," 20 Dec. 2020 To say that 2020 has put a damper on our social lives is an understatement. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "Everything You Need to Throw a Foolproof Virtual Holiday Party," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of damper

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of damper was in 1707

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15 Jan 2021

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“Damper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damper. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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