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damp


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Damp  \Damp\,  a.  [Compar.  {Damper};  superl.  {Dampest}.] 
  1.  Being  in  a  state  between  dry  and  wet;  moderately  wet; 
  moist;  humid. 
 
  O'erspread  with  a  damp  sweat  and  holy  fear. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  Dejected;  depressed;  sunk.  [R.] 
 
  All  these  and  more  came  flocking,  but  with  looks 
  Downcast  and  damp.  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Damp  \Damp\  (d[a^]mp),  n.  [Akin  to  LG.,  D.,  &  Dan.  damp  vapor, 
  steam,  fog,  G.  dampf,  Icel.  dampi,  Sw  damb  dust,  and  to  MNG. 
  dimpfen  to  smoke,  imp.  dampf.] 
  1.  Moisture;  humidity;  fog;  fogginess;  vapor. 
 
  Night  .  .  .  with  black  air  Accompanied,  with  damps 
  and  dreadful  gloom.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Dejection;  depression;  cloud  of  the  mind. 
 
  Even  now  while  thus  I  stand  blest  in  thy  presence, 
  A  secret  damp  of  grief  comes  o'er  my  soul. 
  --Addison. 
 
  It  must  have  thrown  a  damp  over  your  autumn 
  excursion.  --J.  D. 
  Forbes. 
 
  3.  (Mining)  A  gaseous  product,  formed  in  coal  mines,  old 
  wells,  pints,  etc 
 
  {Choke  damp},  a  damp  consisting  principally  of  carbonic  acid 
  gas;  --  so  called  from  its  extinguishing  flame  and  animal 
  life.  See  {Carbonic  acid},  under  {Carbonic}. 
 
  {Damp  sheet},  a  curtain  in  a  mine  gallery  to  direct  air 
  currents  and  prevent  accumulation  of  gas. 
 
  {Fire  damp},  a  damp  consisting  chiefly  of  light  carbureted 
  hydrogen;  --  so  called  from  its  tendence  to  explode  when 
  mixed  with  atmospheric  air  and  brought  into  contact  with 
  flame. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Damp  \Damp\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Damped};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Damping}.]  [OE.  dampen  to  choke,  suffocate.  See  {Damp},  n.] 
  1.  To  render  damp;  to  moisten;  to  make  humid,  or  moderately 
  wet;  to  dampen;  as  to  damp  cloth. 
 
  2.  To  put  out  as  fire;  to  depress  or  deject;  to  deaden;  to 
  cloud;  to  check  or  restrain,  as  action  or  vigor;  to  make 
  dull;  to  weaken;  to  discourage.  ``To  damp  your  tender 
  hopes.''  --Akenside. 
 
  Usury  dulls  and  damps  all  industries,  improvements, 
  and  new  inventions,  wherein  money  would  be  stirring 
  if  it  were  not  for  this  slug.  --Bacon. 
 
  How  many  a  day  has  been  damped  and  darkened  by  an 
  angry  word!  --Sir  J. 
  Lubbock. 
 
  The  failure  of  his  enterprise  damped  the  spirit  of 
  the  soldiers.  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  damp 
  adj  :  slightly  wet;  "clothes  damp  with  perspiration";  "a  moist 
  breeze";  "eyes  moist  with  tears"  [syn:  {dampish},  {moist}] 
  n  :  a  slight  wetness  [syn:  {dampness},  {moistness}] 
  v  1:  deaden  (a  sound  or  noise),  esp.  by  wrapping  [syn:  {muffle}, 
  {mute},  {dull},  {dampen},  {tone  down}] 
  2:  quieten  or  silence  (a  sound)  or  make  (an  image)  less  visible 
  [syn:  {dampen},  {muffle},  {mute},  {deaden},  {tone  down}] 
  3:  lessen  in  force  or  effect;  "soften  a  shock";  "break  a  fall" 
  [syn:  {dampen},  {soften},  {weaken},  {break}] 




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