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 Louisville's budget crisis has put a damper on the trust's work, officials said. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "From JCPS practices to LMPD policies, here's the progress city officials reported to CLOUT," 30 Oct. 2019 The European purchasing managers index for September put a damper on expectations for the eurozone economy. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Dow set to fall as investors get nervous about Europe and trade," 23 Sep. 2019 Several inches of rain put the damper on many fires, including the Hess Creek Fire south of the Yukon River. Anchorage Daily News, "Atmospheric rivers are sometimes good, sometimes bad for Alaska," 31 Aug. 2019 Hurricane Dorian put on a damper on last week’s schedule, forcing a few cancellations and postponements, including Atlantic’s game against Clearwater Academy. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County high school football top 10 rankings," 4 Sep. 2019 And my friends started obsessing over things like Whole30, the Keto diet, and Paleo eating, which put a damper on my social life. Javacia Harris Bowser, al, "Opinion: How to love food and make it love you back," 29 Aug. 2019 Both of these F Sport models will have adaptive dampers. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2020 Lexus RX Sharpens Its Look and Purports to Fix Its Infotainment Issues," 30 May 2019 The swing put a damper on Ferguson’s resume and impeded the Dodgers’ pursuit of home-field advantage. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ bullpen stumbles again in loss to Orioles," 11 Sep. 2019 While traffic snarls, parking logjams, long waits and rude tourists can put a damper on the experience, there are ways to use those weaknesses to your advantage. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "One Day, One Place: Big Sur," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of damper

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Nov 2019

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“Damper.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damper. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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