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
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 Among the concerns with earlier use is that steroids tamp down certain immune cells, hindering the body’s own ability to fight off infection. Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Trump aims for Monday discharge from hospital, a day after leaving hospital briefly to greet supporters outside by motorcade," 5 Oct. 2020 Among the concerns with earlier use is that steroids tamp down certain immune cells, hindering the body’s own ability to fight off infection. Jill Colvin, Star Tribune, "Trump greets supporters following new details of his illness," 5 Oct. 2020 Among the concerns with earlier use is that steroids tamp down certain immune cells, hindering the body’s own ability to fight off infection. Author: Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin, Aamer Madhania, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump tweets that he’ll return to the White House on Monday, says ‘don’t be afraid' of virus that has killed 209,000 Americans," 5 Oct. 2020 Among the concerns with earlier use is that steroids tamp down certain immune cells, hindering the body’s own ability to fight off infection. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Trump says he ‘feels good,’ leaving hospital for the White House," 5 Oct. 2020 Among the concerns with earlier use is that steroids tamp down certain immune cells, hindering the body's own ability to fight off infection. Arkansas Online, "Trump aims for Monday release after outside drive-by," 5 Oct. 2020 Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration will furlough city employees amid an ongoing fiscal crisis due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions put in place to tamp down on the virus' spread, Cantrell said Monday. Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com, "All 4,000 New Orleans city workers will take 10% pay cut through end of 2020, city announces," 5 Oct. 2020 Dexamethasone is a steroid given to tamp down an overactive immune response in the body that can cause its own troubles. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Trump's doctors say he could go home Monday. Other COVID-19 physicians say that seems early," 4 Oct. 2020 At Wesleyan University, another Broad Institute partner, twice-weekly testing has helped tamp down the infection rate both on and off the Middletown, Conn., campus. Shawn Hubler, New York Times, "Colleges Learn How to Suppress Coronavirus: Extensive Testing," 2 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamp. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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tamp

verb
How to pronounce tamp (audio)

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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