tamp

verb
\ ˈtamp How to pronounce tamp (audio) \
tamped; tamping; tamps

Definition of tamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to drive in or down by a succession of light or medium blows tamp wet concrete
2 : to put a check on : reduce, lessen tamp down rumors

tamp

noun

Definition of tamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tool for tamping

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Other Words from tamp

Verb

tamper noun

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The search error comes amid a growing tide of distrust for tech giants in Washington, where lawmakers have questioned whether the sites are doing enough to tamp down misinformation. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Google’s search tool falsely called Mueller report ‘fiction’," 11 June 2019 The search error comes amid a growing tide of distrust for tech giants in Washington, where lawmakers have questioned whether the sites are doing enough to tamp down misinformation. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "Google’s search tool falsely called Mueller report “fiction"," 10 June 2019 Classic revolvers are forged from costly steel, tamping down margins. Fortune, "Why Gunmakers Would Rather Sell AR-15s Than Handguns," 20 June 2018 The announcement of the votes was set in order to tamp down a growing rebellion from GOP moderates, even if neither piece of legislation is guaranteed to pass. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "House GOP releases compromise immigration legislation that would protect DREAMers, fund wall," 14 June 2018 Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Gothic cathedral on Paris's Île de la Cité, burned for nearly 8 hours, while the city's police department worked to tamp the flames. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Designers React to the Heartbreaking News of the Notre Dame Fire," 16 Apr. 2019 The charity project comes on the heels of Lime’s other major initiative to improve access to its bikes and scooters — and also to tamp down its reputation as the modality of choice for North Face-vest-wearing tech bros. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Scooter companies are trying to rehabilitate their reputations as cities crack down," 23 Aug. 2018 On Monday, Pence allies sought to tamp down any suspicions of disunity by circulating word via Fox News that Corey Lewandowski, Mr. Trump’s first campaign manager, was signing on as an adviser to the vice president’s political committee. New York Times, "Pence Is Trying to Control Republican Politics. Trump Aides Aren’t Happy.," 14 May 2018 By manipulating those cells in laboratory mice, the scientists were able to dial up a mouse’s willingness to venture into unexplored areas and tamp down its indications of anxiety, even when smelling a cat. Rowan Hooper, WSJ, "The Biology of Bravery—and Fear," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For now, Fed officials would likely be relieved to see the rate of hiring slow and unemployment stabilize at its current, historically low levels, all of which tamp down worries that growth is becoming unsustainable. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "July Jobs Report Likely to Keep Fed on Track for Next Rate Increase," 3 Aug. 2018 An economic slowdown could of course tamp down demand for gasoline, drying up refiners’ profits. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Gasoline Makers Are Reaping Big Profits," 7 Aug. 2018 These cellular cyborgs could one day step in when your body falls short in its attempts to hunt cancer cells, tamp down overactive immune responses or adjust the gut microbiome. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 Back fill in the hole with the soil, tamp down the soil gently around the plant, and feed with some balanced fertilizer. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Hydrangeas," 1 Aug. 2018 High prices generate a short burst of profits but can undermine economic growth and tamp down demand. Rebecca Elliott And Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "U.S. Shale Companies Motor Ahead Despite OPEC," 24 June 2018 Congress passed the REAL ID law in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to increase security and tamp down fraud. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Missouri isn’t ready for the switch to REAL ID. That could affect your travel plans," 15 June 2018 The period also included two La Niñas (late 2016, and late 2017 to early 2018), which generally have the opposite effect and tamp down precipitation and temperatures locally. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cool May breaks San Diego's long warm spell," 1 June 2018 The cells being tested in the trial are intended to both promote anti-inflammatory reactions and tamp down the microglia, ideally halting the ongoing loss of brain volume soon after the injury occurs. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "In a bid to promote stem cell therapies, health officials open a new door for promising contenders," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tamp

Verb

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tamp

Verb

probably back-formation from obsolete tampion, tampin plug, from Middle English, from Middle French tapon, tampon, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zapho tap — more at tap entry 3

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tamp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tamp

: to press (something) down by hitting it lightly

tamp

verb
\ ˈtamp How to pronounce tamp (audio) \
tamped; tamping

Kids Definition of tamp

: to press down or in by hitting lightly She tamped down the soil.

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