Adjective "damped" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Slightly wet.
  1. 'damp November evenings'
  2. 'Silently and with some relief, we exited and sat down on the slightly damp curb.'
  3. 'They were followed by four very well dressed, slightly damp individuals, one of whom stepped wide around Jim as he passed.'
  4. 'Sweat drenched his body and there was a slightly damp patch on the sheet under him.'
  5. 'Her hair was slightly damp from the long hours of tears and her tired, blue eyes were puffy.'
  6. 'Sarah grabbed his wet hand when they entered the forest, he shivered slightly in the damp atmosphere.'
  7. 'This morning I was wiping the table with a very slightly damp rag and noticed that the wax build-up was coming off.'
  8. 'She sat on the cold, slightly damp stone and let her cloak drop, watching as it billowed around her ankles like a cloud of thick black smoke.'
  9. 'Knead well; let rise to double its size under a slightly damp towel in a warm place.'
  10. 'I padded quietly over to the door and opened it, looking up at Donovan's slightly damp face and hair.'
  11. 'When working with the phyllo leaves, keep a slightly damp towel over the leaves you are not currently using - and work quickly.'


Moisture diffused through the air or a solid substance or condensed on a surface, typically with detrimental or unpleasant effects.
  1. 'The heat involved in cooking causes water to form on walls and ceilings and can, at worst, lead to patches of damp and mould.'
  2. 'Mihradi bit her lip, finding that she was shaking… the damp must be getting to her.'
  3. 'But in the winter, the damp still creeps through the building and leaves the children shivering with cold.'
  4. 'If the walls were rendered with hard sand and cement, this would trap moisture, resulting in condensation or damp.'
  5. 'There was a problem with damp and mould at her home and a lack of security left Lilian feeling quite vulnerable at times.'
  6. 'Now every one of the hundreds of things she has in stock has to be examined for water damage and damp.'
  7. 'It was not until the building began to suffer the effects of damp that the council acted.'
  8. 'Soon I was prowling the old family orchard while doing my best to keep the lock shielded from the damp.'
  9. 'Energy efficiency lowers maintenance costs as a result of reduced condensation and damp and makes it cheaper for landlords and tenants to heat their properties.'
  10. 'The family soon found damp in Imogen's bedroom which caused green mould.'
  11. 'He had been asked to investigate "fire-damp" (methane gas) explosions in coal mines, caused by the candles miners used as lighting.'
  12. 'Methane is a nonpoisonous, tasteless, odorless and colorless gas. It is also known as marsh gas (CH4) and, when mixed with air, it forms fire-damp.'
  13. 'A draught of this Medoc will defend us from the damps.'
  14. 'Stay not in this evil den; for the air is chill, and the damps are fatal; nor will any, that perish within it, ever find the path to Heaven.'
A discouragement or check.
  1. 'Even though defensive coordinators have had ample time to study the triplets, they have yet to discover how to put damps on them.'


Make (something) slightly wet.
  1. 'Alternatively, damp a cloth with kerosene oil and carefully wipe the insects off with it.'
  2. 'When they were dry they were damped and rolled for the dampness to spread evenly before they were ironed with an iron heated and reheated on the stove.'
Make a fire burn less strongly by reducing the flow of air to it.
  1. 'He said it took the two crews ten minutes to fight the fire with foam and ten minutes to damp the car down with water.'
  2. 'After the building was damped down yesterday, structural experts deemed it unsound and ordered its demolition.'
  3. 'Firefighters from Canvey had to spend two-and-a-half hours damping down the store.'
  4. 'Firefighters spent two hours damping down and searching for hot-spots in the walls after extinguishing the fire that destroyed Lidl's galvanized steel compound after midnight on Thursday night.'
  5. 'Six engines attended the fire, involving over 30 fire-fighters, and crews were still damping down the flames on Wednesday morning.'
  6. 'Basildon station officer Nick Beaver told how two crews took around 20 minutes to douse the flames and were there for another two hours damping down.'
  7. 'It took at least five hours to bring the blaze under control and we expect to be damping down at the scene for at least the rest of the day.'
  8. 'Firefighters were still damping down the building this morning.'
  9. 'Polley is unshowy and controlled in the star part, damping down her intelligence, beauty and almost all of her emotion for the role.'
Reduce or stop the vibration of (the strings of a piano or other musical instrument) so as to reduce the volume of sound.
  1. 'an ensemble of drums including a foot-damped instrument'
  2. 'This guitar also has an ebony arm-rest to keep your arm from damping the sound from the top.'
  3. 'a damped suspension that isolates the chassis from external vibration'
  4. 'If the frequency of the sinusoidal oscillations in migration were higher, we would expect [mu] to be progressively damped as window size increased.'
  5. 'In this case, the accelerometers could damp or increase the vibrations through their contact with the vehicle.'
  6. 'Constitutive expression of SinR from P 3 damps the oscillations, leading to a stable steady state.'
  7. 'The inner elements do the final guiding and also damp out vibrations normal to the tape plane to present a smooth motion over the head.'
  8. 'With a D bearing next to the head, it is not possible to damp out normal tape vibrations.'
  9. 'He applied sinusoidal compressions to the top of the I, and recorded how the structure damped the vibrations.'


1. slightly wet; moist: damp weather; a damp towel.

2. unenthusiastic; dejected; depressed: The welcoming committee gave them a rather damp reception. noun

3. moisture; humidity; moist air: damp that goes through your warmest clothes.

4. a noxious or stifling vapor or gas, especially in a mine.

5. depression of spirits; dejection.

6. a restraining or discouraging force or factor. verb (used with object)

7. to make damp; moisten.

8. to check or reta

More examples(as adjective)

"oscillations can be damped."

"hopes can be damped."

"cycles can be damped."

"variations can be damped."

"systems can be damped."

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(damp)Middle English (in the noun sense ‘noxious inhalation’): of West Germanic origin; related to a Middle Low German word meaning ‘vapour, steam, smoke’.