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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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 The low unemployment rate has triggered worker shortages across the country, but that hasn’t put much of a damper on hiring. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Did job, wage growth keep momentum in February?," 5 Mar. 2018 That’s a damper for Soeder, 51, a CSU firebrand who is focusing the election campaign on refugees and migration. Iain Rogers, Bloomberg.com, "In Bavaria, Anti-Merkel Campaign on Migration Reaches Limits," 28 June 2018 That puts a damper on the state’s initial plans to allow local officials to use some of the money to upgrade some of their deteriorating voting machines, many of which were initially purchased as early as 2004. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Privacy advocates want Congress to fix gaps in Carpenter ruling," 25 June 2018 Bats most commonly enter buildings through an open damper in a fireplace, openings in attics, torn window screens, window air conditioners and basement cracks, according to the Naperville Police Department’s Facebook page. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Rabid bat removed from Naperville home," 11 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 \

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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