damper

noun damp·er \ ˈdam-pər \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

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

Examples of damper in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of damper from the Web

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First Known Use of damper

1707

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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damper Synonyms

Synonyms

mute;

Related Words

muffler, quieter, softener, soft pedal;



DAMPER Defined for English Language Learners

damper

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

noun damp·er \ ˈdam-pər \

Definition of damper for Students

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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