- The definition of damp is something that is slightly wet.
A shirt that was taken out of the dryer before it is completely dry is an example of something that would be described as damp.
- Damp is defined as to try to restrain or limit something, or to make something slightly wet.
- When you dab a shirt with a wet towel to get a stain out and you make the shirt slightly wet, this is an example of when you damp.
- When you try to stop yourself from feeling sad and crying, this is an example of when you damp your emotions.
- When you reduce how hot or bright a fire is burning, this is an example of when you damp.
This man is damp.
damp definition by Webster's New World
- a slight wetness; moisture
- a harmful gas sometimes found in mines; firedamp; blackdamp
- Archaic a dejected or depressed state
Origin: Middle Dutch vapor, steam, akin to Old High German Middle High German German dampf ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhem-, to smoke, mist from source dank
- somewhat moist or wet; humid
- dejected; depressed
- to make damp; moisten
- to slow the combustion of (a fire) by cutting off most of the air supply; bank: usually with down
- to check or reduce (energy or action)
- to check or deaden the vibration of (a piano string, drum membrane, etc.)
- to reduce the amplitude of (oscillations, waves, etc.)
damp definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective damp·er, damp·est
- Slightly wet. See Synonyms at wet.
- Archaic Dejected.
- Moisture in the air; humidity.
- Foul or poisonous gas that sometimes pollutes the air in coal mines.
- Lowness of spirits; depression.
- A restraint or check; a discouragement.
- To make damp or moist; moisten.
- To extinguish (a fire, for example) by cutting off air.
- To restrain or check; discourage.
- Music To slow or stop the vibrations of (the strings of a keyboard instrument) with a damper.
- Physics To decrease the amplitude of (an oscillating system).
Origin: Middle English, poison gas, perhaps from Middle Dutch, vapor.
- dampˈish adjective
- dampˈly adverb
- dampˈness noun
damp - Phrases/Idioms