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

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Existing tariffs also were not lifted, another damper on business growth. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "Dow, stock futures ready for a higher open after temporary trade truce emerges with China," 1 July 2019 The Evoque's optional adaptive suspension constantly monitors the road surface and adjusts the dampers for what its computers think is the best ride. Houston Chronicle, "Range Rover Evoque gets added finesse, mild-hybrid versions," 14 June 2019 On the other hand, the weather has been cold, overcast and rainy here, which would put the damper on any party. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Soccer! France is slowly warming up to the Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 Obviously the inertial dampers are still mostly working. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of the Millennium Falcon's Jump to Hyperspace," 4 June 2019 Chassis tweaks include magnetorheological dampers on the rear-drive model and a standard limited-slip differential on both versions. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "The Cadillac CT4 Entry-Luxury Sedan Appears in Medium-Performance CT4-V Form," 30 May 2019 The space is large without any real layout—a damper on the clients’ young and excited energy. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins Episode Two Steps Up to the Challenge of Contemporary," 9 May 2019 Driving rain put a slight damper on the last bit of festivities Sunday at the Rolling Loud festival at Hard Rock Stadium. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "Waffle House Hero was among the surprising cameos at Miami's Rolling Loud fest | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 Tabitha is understandably disappointed, especially since her parents’ reunion puts a damper on her overnight date with Luca. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of damper

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of damper was in 1707

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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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