1. Moisture; humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor.
Night . . . with black air
Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom. --Milton.
2. Dejection; depression; cloud of the mind.
Even now, while thus I stand blest in thy presence,
A secret damp of grief comes o'er my soul. --Addison.
It must have thrown a damp over your autumn excursion. --J. D. Forbes.
3. Mining A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pints, etc.
Choke damp, a damp consisting principally of carbonic acid gas; -- so called from its extinguishing flame and animal life. See Carbonic acid, under Carbonic.
Damp sheet, a curtain in a mine gallery to direct air currents and prevent accumulation of gas.
Fire damp, a damp consisting chiefly of light carbureted hydrogen; -- so called from its tendence to explode when mixed with atmospheric air and brought into contact with flame.
Damp a. [Compar. Damper superl. Dampest.]
1. Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist; humid.
O'erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear. --Dryden.
2. Dejected; depressed; sunk. [R.]
All these and more came flocking, but with looks
Downcast and damp. --Milton.
Damp, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Damped p. pr. & vb. n. Damping.]
1. To render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; to dampen; as, to damp cloth.
2. To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage. “To damp your tender hopes.”
Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug. --Bacon.
How many a day has been damped and darkened by an angry word! --Sir J. Lubbock.
The failure of his enterprise damped the spirit of the soldiers. --Macaulay.
adj : slightly wet; "clothes damp with perspiration"; "a moist
breeze"; "eyes moist with tears" [syn: dampish, moist]
n : a slight wetness [syn: dampness, moistness]
v 1: deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping [syn: muffle,
mute, dull, dampen, tone down]
2: restrain or discourage; "the sudden bad news damped the
3: make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible;
"muffle the message" [syn: dampen, deaden]
4: lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
[syn: dampen, soften, weaken, break]