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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 damp /ˈdæmp/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Damp n.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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
         joyous atmosphere"
      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]