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 In some ways, keeping things ambiguous has helped Pelosi tamp down expectations now that more than half her members want a formal inquiry. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, "Democrats can’t agree on what to call their impeachment inquiry, and maybe that suits them," 12 Sep. 2019 So, if anything, the suspension would just help tamp down what would normally be an extremely high trade cost. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Patrick Peterson trade rumors: Arizona Cardinals will trade cornerback in 2019," 27 Aug. 2019 New entrants to the work force may have helped tamp down wage growth. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Job Growth Slows in July but Remains Solid," 2 Aug. 2019 But the increase apparently did little to tamp down on the brewing rebellions. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Some Amazon warehouse workers are planning to strike on Prime Day," 8 July 2019 Adding to the concern was the fact that, unlike most other officials, Westerhout was not thought to have signed a nondisclosure agreement, a document that Trump has frequently used in effort to tamp down on leaks. Katie Rogers, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s personal assistant shared intimate details of first family," 30 Aug. 2019 Adding to the concern was the fact that, unlike most other officials, Ms. Westerhout was not thought to have signed a nondisclosure agreement, a document that Mr. Trump has frequently used in effort to tamp down on leaks. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "Trump’s Personal Assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, Shared Intimate Details of First Family," 30 Aug. 2019 In Oregon, regulators are struggling to find a path that preserves the state's trailblazing low-cost medical pot program while tamping down on a still-thriving black market. Gillian Flaccus And Angeliki Kastanis, chicagotribune.com, "Broad legalization cuts into medical marijuana, analysis shows," 11 June 2019 In Oregon, regulators are struggling to find a path that preserves the state's trailblazing low-cost medical pot program while tamping down on a still-thriving black market. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Medical pot takes hit when weed legal for all," 11 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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The first known use of tamp was in 1834

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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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