\ 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 On Wednesday, the Fed raised its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point as part of an effort to slow consumer borrowing and tamp down inflation, which is at a four-decade high. Damian J. Troise And Alex Veiga, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 But analysts said that over the next decade those renewable sources should help tamp down energy costs, reducing the toll that volatile oil, natural gas and coal prices can take on family budgets and business profits. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Airlines are hopeful that easing mask rules will tamp down on in-flight conflicts, after a federal judge in Florida this week struck down the Biden administration’s Covid-19 mask mandate for public transportation. Alison Sider, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 City leaders have sought to tamp down a spike in violent crime that has afflicted Little Rock, as well as many other cities nationwide, over the course of the covid-19 pandemic. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 14 Feb. 2022 Though GamerGate illustrated just how inept social media platforms were at protecting their users, Twitter’s prompt action served as an early example of the company’s relative willingness to address criticism and work to tamp down on abuse, Wu said. Suhauna Hussain And Brian Contreras, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2022 Though Gamergate illustrated just how inept social media platforms were at protecting their users, Twitter’s prompt action served as an early example of the company’s relative willingness to address criticism and work to tamp down on abuse, Wu said. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Airline executives are hopeful that the easing of a federal requirement that passengers wear masks on flights and in airports will tamp down on disruptive behavior from passengers. Alison Sider, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 That would likely help tamp down consumer spending on large purchases and further aid in cooling down the economic situation. NBC News, 16 Feb. 2022 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, 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, 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, 4 Apr. 2020 The key question now is whether the US counterattack tamps down the cycle of violence or escalates it. BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 3 Aug. 2018 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for tamp


\ 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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