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")
- When you tamper with the basic Myspace code, you have lots of opportunities to mess up your layout!
- Do careful planning with a credit or financial advisor - or at least by consulting expert written materials - before you tamper with any accounts that you have had for a considerable period of time.
- A tamper tool is also included for helping to guide larger pieces through very thick mixtures.
- To tamper with a constitution that had so proved its quality seemed not so much a sacrilege as a folly.
- The satrap revolts, moreover, assumed more and more formidable proportions, and the Greek states began once more to tamper with them.