When you change the way an electronic item is wired, voiding the warranty, this is an example of a situation where you tamper with the product.
Origin of tampervariant, variety of temper
- to make secret, illegal arrangements with, as by bribing
- to interfere with or meddle with, esp. so as to damage, corrupt, etc.
verbtam·pered, tam·per·ing, tam·pers
- a. To interfere in a harmful or disruptive manner; meddle: was worried the editor would tamper with her text.b. To make alterations or adjustments, especially secretly so as to subvert an intended purpose or function: tamper with a lock; discovered that the brakes had been tampered with.c. To engage in improper or secret actions, as in an effort to influence an outcome: tamper with evidence; tamper with a jury.
- To tinker rashly or foolishly: “The ability of chemists to create new drugs from natural compounds raises an old argument about whether human beings should tamper with nature” (Andrew Weil).
Origin of tamperProbably alteration of temper.
tamp +"Ž -er
(third-person singular simple present tampers, present participle tampering, simple past and past participle tampered)
From Middle French temprer (“to temper, mix, meddle")
tamper - Computer Definition
To interfere or tinker with something that is not authorized.