Definition of damper
1 : a dulling or deadening influence put a damper on the celebration
2 : a device that damps: such asa : a valve or plate (as in the flue of a furnace) for regulating the draftb : a small felted block to stop the vibration of a piano stringc 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
the pianist used the damper pedal on the piano for the quiet passages
Recent Examples of damper from the Web
The incident is likely to put a damper on the enthusiasm surrounding ICOs.
Not that rainy weather put a damper on the celebration.
Chicago Christian could have allowed the disappointment of not reaching the state championship game put a damper on the season.
Putting a slight damper on things is Maggie Smith, who plays the inimitable Dowager Countess.
Slow and slower In baseball, the game has tilted to the defense with tendency-tracking leading to radical shifts that squeeze the field and drug policing that put a damper on better slugging through chemistry.
USA TODAY Sports The Weather Channel on Tuesday put a damper on Phil Mickelson’s hopes for competing at the U.S. Open this week in Erin, Wisc.
The same coil-spring suspension and adaptive dampers found in the E400 coupe are standard fare in the convertible.
Losing to Colorado, UW and Minnesota in the Holiday Bowl ultimately put a bit of a damper on things, but as the season ticket numbers show, excitement about WSU football has never been higher as the Cougars head into the 2017 season.
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First Known Use of damper
DAMPER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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