damper

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noun damp·er \ˈdam-pər\

Definition of damper

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

  2. 2 :  a device that damps: 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. 3 Australian :  a simple usually unleavened bread of a kind made originally in the Australian bush

Examples of damper in a sentence

  1. <the pianist used the damper pedal on the piano for the quiet passages>

1707

First Known Use of damper

1707



DAMPER Defined for English Language Learners

damper

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noun damp·er \ˈdam-pər\

Definition of damper for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DAMPER Defined for Kids

damper

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noun damp·er \ˈdam-pər\

Definition of damper for Students

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

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



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