- anything that deadens or depresses
- a movable plate or valve in the flue of a stove or furnace, for controlling the draft
- a device to check vibration in the strings of a stringed keyboard instrument
- a device for lessening the oscillation of a magnetic needle, a moving coil, etc.
Origin of dampersee damp
put a damper on
to depress, inhibit, lessen, etc.; dampen: the worsening economy has put a damper on new construction
- One that deadens, restrains, or depresses: Rain put a damper on our picnic plans.
- An adjustable plate, as in the flue of a furnace or stove, for controlling the draft.
- Music a. A device in various keyboard instruments for deadening the vibrations of the strings.b. A mute for various brass instruments.
- A device that eliminates or diminishes vibrations or oscillations, as of a magnetic needle.
- Something that damps or checks:
- 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.
- A contrivance (sordine), as in a pianoforte, to deaden vibrations; or, as in other pieces of mechanism, to check some action at a particular time.
- Something that kills the mood.
- A device that decreases the oscillations of a system.
- (chiefly Australia) Bread made from a basic recipe of flour, water, milk, and salt, but without yeast.
From damp + -er.