damp

noun
\ ˈdamp How to pronounce damp (audio) \

Definition of damp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a noxious gas — compare black damp, firedamp
2 : moisture:
b archaic : fog, mist

damp

verb
damped; damping; damps

Definition of damp (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to affect with or as if with a noxious gas : choke
b : to diminish the activity or intensity of damping down the causes of inflation liquid damps out compass oscillations
c : to check the vibration or oscillation of (something, such as a string or a voltage)
2 : dampen

intransitive verb

: to diminish progressively in vibration or oscillation

damp

adjective

Definition of damp (Entry 3 of 3)

1a archaic : being confused, bewildered, or shocked : stupefied
2 : slightly or moderately wet : moist a damp towel also : humid damp weather

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Other Words from damp

Adjective

dampish \ ˈdam-​pish How to pronounce damp (audio) \ adjective
damply adverb
dampness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for damp

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usually implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (such as paint) not yet dry. slipped on the wet pavement damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture. clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness. a prisoner in a cold, dank cell moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry. treat the injury with moist heat humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air. a hot, humid climate

Examples of damp in a Sentence

Noun The boxes were left outside in the damp. the damp of the night Verb His hands were damped with sweat. refused to let the setbacks damp his drive for success Adjective Wipe up the mess with a damp cloth. Her forehead was damp with perspiration. My hair's still damp from the rain.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tomorrow (Friday): Morning is probably gray and a little damp, but the real rain doesn’t get going until later. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 27 July 2017 The internet is a virtual catacomb, where the skeletons of human decency line the damp, mildewed walls. Christine Flowers, Philly.com, 15 June 2017 This damp—a byproduct of industrial smog mixing with moisture from the nearby ponds—is omnipresent, and repeated mentions more than illustrate Louis’s disgust. Samuel Metz, New Republic, 8 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yellen’s speech, which lacked clear rate cues, did little to calm the price swings and damped expectations of a rate hike this year. Fortune, 25 Aug. 2017 BROOKS RIVER — A brown bear sow emerged from the alder fringes of the Naknek Lake shoreline, ambled to the water's edge and dropped in a huge blond lump onto pumice pebbles and damp black volcanic sand. Clark Fair, Alaska Dispatch News, 29 July 2017 Apply the mixture to damp, clean hair and also massage it onto your scalp. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, 19 July 2017 Babies need to be constantly damp for some reason, like the whale at the end of Free Willy. Frank Kobola, Redbook, 10 Mar. 2017 A Milan judge on Saturday ordered Silvio Berlusconi to be tried on corruption charges, damping the former Italian premier’s hopes of running soon for office again after being sidelined by a tax-fraud conviction. Frances D&, Orange County Register, 29 Jan. 2017 These masterful shocks have somewhat redefined the state of the art in damping. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, 18 July 2017 But thoughts of the team’s imminent departure did not seem to be souring the sweetness of the celebration, nor damping the blaring of horns or thinning the throngs downtown and along the edges of Lake Merritt on Thursday. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, 15 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Bottles of tomato sauce, simmered over an open fire and strained through a pillowcase, lined the shelves of the damp basement where his grandfather made cloudy purple wine. Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2021 Using damp hands, press the dough in an even layer in the pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a thin, golden brown layer forms on top. Kate Krader, Fortune, 9 Oct. 2021 From slightly damp to cinematically drenched, there were an array of wet-look strands on the Paris runways. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2021 One hundred and eighty riders set off that morning from the town of Compiègne, northeast of Paris for 162.2 miles of damp, dull pain. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2021 On a clear but characteristically damp day in April, conditions are ideal for tackling the foaming rapids of the Pato River, a body of water considered among the best in Colombia, if not South America for rafting. Steph Dyson, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Warmer winters mean more precipitation falls as rain, which does not keep things damp as long as snow does. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2021 The footprints were formed when people strode over damp, sandy ground on the margin of a lake. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 In 2004, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering warned in a major report that the health threats posed by whatever grows in damp indoor spaces were under-researched. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of damp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for damp

Noun

Middle English, black damp, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, vapor; akin to Old High German damph vapor

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“Damp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damp. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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damp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of damp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: slight wetness in the air

damp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of damp (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet : dampen
: to make (something) less strong or active

damp

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of damp (Entry 3 of 3)

: somewhat or slightly wet

damp

noun
\ ˈdamp How to pronounce damp (audio) \

Kids Definition of damp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : moisture The cold and damp made me shiver.
2 : a harmful gas found especially in coal mines

damp

verb
damped; damping

Kids Definition of damp (Entry 2 of 3)

: dampen

damp

adjective
damper; dampest

Kids Definition of damp (Entry 3 of 3)

: slightly wet : moist

Other Words from damp

dampness noun

damp

noun
\ ˈdamp How to pronounce damp (audio) \

Medical Definition of damp

: a noxious or stifling gas or vapor especially : one occurring in coal mines usually used in plural — see black damp, firedamp

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