\ 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


plural tamps

Definition of tamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tool for tamping : tamper entry 2 Fill the form half full with fresh, undisturbed snow, firmly packing it down using the cutout can bottom as a tamp; tamp around the inside edges as you go.— James Boone

Examples of tamp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead, Europe’s public-health crisis has become chronic, with authorities struggling constantly to tamp down the flames. Marcus Walker, WSJ, "Europe Confronts a Covid-19 Rebound as Vaccine Hopes Recede," 12 Mar. 2021 One way to tamp down the surge would be through vaccinations, but the rollout in Brazil, as in so many countries, has been slow. New York Times, "Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say," 3 Mar. 2021 Why is Sonoma, in the heart of Wine Country, struggling so much harder than its Bay Area neighbors to tamp down the coronavirus? Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Why Sonoma is the only Bay Area county stuck in the strictest reopening tier," 21 Oct. 2020 Pack has been struggling to tamp down conservative anger at his decision to wholesale fire the heads of all of AGM's broadcasters and a non-profit technology fund. Matthew Lee, Star Tribune, "Trump global media chief probes pro-Biden VOA content," 30 July 2020 To tamp down other vibrations, the interferometer must be housed in a vacuum chamber and the weighty mirrors hung from sophisticated suspension systems. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Giant gravitational wave detectors could hear murmurs from across universe," 10 Mar. 2021 To tamp down the scandal, Evarts hustled Gridley onto the next boat for the Levant. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Doomed Romance’ Review: An Ideal Relationship," 5 Mar. 2021 California’s turnaround was fueled prominently by the collective actions of residents and businesses to tamp down transmission of the coronavirus. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "With reopenings in gear, Newsom warns virus cases could shift from drop-off to ‘plateau’," 1 Mar. 2021 The race, disease experts argue, is now between the variants and the vaccine, and the surest way to win is to tamp down transmission as much as possible while vaccinating as quickly as possible. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "‘Everything Seems So Tenuous’: Variants Threaten N.Y.C.’s Progress on Virus," 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If the hole was mistakenly dug too deep, put some native soil back in the hole and tamp firmly. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Now that you’ve dug a hole, here’s how to plant your tree," 26 Oct. 2020 Karen reported that Amazon is trying tricks to get people to order less — like showing long delivery times on items deemed low priority, to give Amazon more flexibility to fulfill orders and tamp down demand. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "A Privacy Absolutist Isn’t So Sure Anymore," 17 Apr. 2020 But with the public thirsty for information on the coronavirus, doctors across the country have taken to social media — Twitter, in particular — to snuff out misinformation, tamp down rumors and spread science about the coronavirus outbreaks. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus: UCSF doctors take to Twitter to educate public, sound alarm about COVID-19," 4 Apr. 2020 The key question now is whether the US counterattack tamps down the cycle of violence or escalates it. BostonGlobe.com, "Officials did not identify the precise location of the sites. The strikes in Syria took place in the Euphrates River Valley in the southeast, officials said.," 31 Dec. 2019 That is why the museum exhibitions would make extensive use of quotations and oral histories that would let the voices of the past, the words of those who lived the experiences, drown out or at least tamp down the traditional curatorial voice. Lonnie G. Bunch Iii, Smithsonian, "How Lonnie Bunch Built a Museum Dream Team," 19 Sep. 2019 Administration officials said the idea had not been pushed with Mr. Trump and tried to tamp talk of it down. New York Times, "Trump Administration Considers Moves to Bolster Economy," 19 Aug. 2019 Another study by food scientists at Cornell University also showed in 2015 that the noise level on flights tamps down sweet flavors but amps up umami tastes in substances like tomato juice. Author: Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, "'Mile Cry Club’: Why human emotions and senses go haywire on a plane," 21 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of tamp


1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tamp


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamp. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tamp

: to press (something) down by hitting it lightly


\ 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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