damper definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 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: see damp
damper definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- 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 progressively diminishes vibrations or oscillations, as of a magnetic needle.
damper - Phrases/Idioms
see put a damper on.
put a damper on
to depress, inhibit, lessen, etc.; dampen the worsening economy has put a damper on new construction