\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



Definition of tamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tool for tamping

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tamper noun

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The commanders, hoping to tamp down brewing unrest, pulled Company B off the front line and let the conspirators go unpunished. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 But other insults can do the same thing: the body uses cortisol to tamp down inflammation, for example. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Don’t stress out yet about stress shrinking your brain," 25 Oct. 2018 What this has to do with 2020 and Trump It’s been widely speculated for quite some time that Warren is gearing up for a potential 2020 run for the presidency, and the senator isn’t exactly doing a lot to tamp down the buzz. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren releases her DNA test results and dares Trump to make good on his $1 million bet," 15 Oct. 2018 Creating joint patrols is seen as a way to tamp down potential violence between the various groups in the area. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US starts training Turkish troops for joint Syria patrols," 1 Oct. 2018 By suppressing your ovulation, combination pills tamp down on the testosterone spikes that often accompany ovulation, Dr. Wu explains. SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Find the Best Birth Control Pill for You," 14 Sep. 2018 Political leaders are working to tamp down the anger. John Boudreau, Bloomberg.com, "In Vietnam, Discontent Lurks Under Surface of Economic Success," 19 June 2018 Look really carefully at everything and never tamp down your natural curiosity. Rhonda Garelick As Told To Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Meet Rhonda Garelick, the Cut’s Critic of Fashion, Aesthetics, and Politics," 1 Feb. 2018 El Niño, a natural warming of the central Pacific Ocean, often acts to tamp down Atlantic hurricanes. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Hurricane season officially starts soon, and it could be another busy one," 24 May 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


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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English Language Learners Definition of tamp

: to press (something) down by hitting it lightly


\ˈtamp \
tamped; tamping

Kids Definition of tamp

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

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