tamp

verb
\ ˈtamp \
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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Verb

tamper noun

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Or at least tamped down to a smolder, so that maybe Moscow wouldn’t notice. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "There Is No Cleaning Up the Foreign Policy Mess Trump Is Making," 11 July 2018 That possibility could tamp down interest in higher bids for Fox, because an increase in Fox’s value could set off rules that would require the buyer to also offer more for the rest of Sky. New York Times, "Comcast and Fox Engage in Bidding War for Control of Sky," 11 July 2018 As Fox News previously reported, the video-sharing platform does link to Wikipedia entries now in some of its videos as a way to tamp down the spread of conspiracies and outright lies. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "YouTube investing $25M in journalism and pushing 'authoritative' sources," 10 July 2018 What came next tamped down the flames of that ninth inning and turned it into the staring contest that came next in extra innings. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Manny Machado hits two-run homer in 15th, Orioles earn 10-7 marathon win over Braves," 23 June 2018 Last week, Senate Republican leaders tamped down a drive by retiring Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee to curtail Trump’s ability to impose tariffs on trade partners, blocking his effort to get a vote on the proposal. Mark Niquette, Bloomberg.com, "Trade Groups Press Congress for More Oversight of Trump Tariffs," 19 June 2018 And Barinholtz, often too impish for his own good, tamps down his worst impulses to make Hunter more than an anarchic purveyor of one-liners. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Blockers Is an R-Rated Prom-Night Comedy With Heart," 6 Apr. 2018 Mattis soon discovered his efforts to tamp down the crisis were facing opposition from within the White House. Robert F. Worth, New York Times, "Can Jim Mattis Hold the Line in Trump’s ‘War Cabinet’?," 26 Mar. 2018 But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, during a contentious press briefing, sought to tamp down controversy yet again -- chalking up the furor to another misunderstanding. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Trump touches off new Russia controversy – and prompts new clarification," 19 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The situation has become so alarming that two years ago the National Congress of American Indians—the country’s oldest and largest organization of tribal governments—passed a resolution designed to tamp down smoking rates and save lives. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "The Fight to Keep Tobacco Sacred," 29 Mar. 2018 By late Wednesday afternoon, two Black Hawks were still deployed to Wabaunsee County to help with tamp down that blaze. Fox News, "Firefighters battling wildfires in Kansas, Nebraska," 7 Mar. 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 \
tamped; tamping

Kids Definition of tamp

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

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