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  3  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]: 
 
  Damper  \Damp"er\,  n. 
  That  which  damps  or  checks;  as: 
  a  A  valve  or  movable  plate  in  the  flue  or  other  part  of  a 
  stove,  furnace,  etc.,  used  to  check  or  regulate  the 
  draught  of  air. 
  b  A  contrivance,  as  in  a  pianoforte,  to  deaden  vibrations; 
  or  as  in  other  pieces  of  mechanism,  to  check  some  action 
  at  a  particular  time. 
 
  Nor  did  Sabrina's  presence  seem  to  act  as  any 
  damper  at  the  modest  little  festivities.  --W. 
  Black. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  damper 
  n  1:  a  movable  iron  plate  that  regulates  the  draft  in  a  stove  or 
  chimney  or  furnace 
  2:  a  device  that  decreases  the  amplitude  of  electronic, 
  mechanical,  acoustical,  or  aerodynamic  oscillations 
  3:  a  depressing  restraint;  "rain  put  a  damper  on  our  picnic 
  plans" 




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