Akin to Low German damp, Dutch damp, and Danish damp (“‘vapor, steam, fog’”), German Dampf, Icelandic dampi, Swedish damm (“‘dust’”), and to German dampf imperative of dimpfen (“‘to smoke’”). Also Old English dampen (“‘to choke, suffocate’”).
AdjectiveModificarDamp (comparative damper, superlative dampest)
- Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist.
- O'erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear - John Dryden
- (obsolete) Pertaining to or affected by noxious vapours; dejected, stupified.
- 1667, All these and more came flocking; but with looks / Down cast and damp - John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 522-3
NounModificarDamp (countable and uncountable; plural Damps)
- Moisture; humidity; dampness.
- (archaic) Fog; fogginess; vapor.
- Night . . . with black air Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom. - John Milton
- (archaic) Dejection or depression.
- (archaic, mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc.
Third person singular
- (archaic) To dampen; to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; as, to damp cloth.
- (archaic) 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 suppress vibrations (mechanical) or oscillations (electrical) by converting energy to heat (or some other form of energy).
- To damp your tender hopes - Mark Akenside
- Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug - Francis Bacon
- How many a day has been damped and darkened by an angry word! - Sir John Lubbock
- The failure of his enterprise damped the spirit of the soldiers. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
- Hollow rollers damp vibration. - 
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- Imperative of dampe.
Damp m. (plural dampen)