\ 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



Definition of tamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tool for tamping

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tamper noun

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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 Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross attempted to tamp down that idea on Friday. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Why Corporate America Hates Trump's Tariffs Proposal," 3 Mar. 2018 The falsehoods about Parkland students come even after the technology giants have tried to tamp down on disinformation campaigns by hiring thousands of moderators, changing the algorithms that surface information and enacting stricter policies. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "In world of conspiracy theories, even teens aren't off limits," 21 Feb. 2018 Another reason to tamp down the speculation about Amazon’s efforts is the rumored goal of reaching more customers who don’t have bank accounts. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why the Banking Industry's Not Afraid of Amazon," 6 Mar. 2018 Again, the contrast with the film is startling; there, the backstage drama suggests professionals who courageously tamped down their doubts and risked their reputations to birth a startlingly original piece of theater. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Circus scene is the highlight of a bland 'Neverland'," 21 Feb. 2018 Our tests found that starting with 1.5 grams milled in two passes — with tamping in between — resulted in a 1.2-gram joint (with the rest of the material left behind in the grinder). Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "High Gear: Test-driving Otto, the joint-rolling robot," 27 June 2018 In tamping down expectations, Trump himself has described this initial meeting as the start of a process. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un arrive in Singapore for nuclear showdown," 10 June 2018 The Trump administration’s trade team, led by Mr. Lighthizer, has previously used broad, brief agreements to tamp down trade disputes with the European Union and Japan, while keeping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from both areas. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Chinese, U.S. Trade Negotiators Inch Toward a Broad Agreement," 15 Feb. 2019

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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


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 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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