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DAMP, a.

1. Moist; humid; being in a state between dry and wet; as a damp cloth; damp air; sometimes, foggy; as, the atmosphere is damp; but it may be damp without visible vapor.

2. Dejected; sunk; depressed; chilled.

DAMP, n.

1. Moist air; humidity; moisture; fog.

2. Dejection; depression of spirits; chill. We say, to strike a damp, or to cast a damp, on the spirits.

3. Damps. plu. Noxious exhalations issuing from the earth, and deleterious or fatal to animal life. These are often known to exist in wells, which continue long covered and not used, and in mines and coal-pits; and sometimes they issue from the old lavas of volcanoes. These damps are usually the carbonic acid gas, vulgarly called choke-damp, which instantly suffocates; or some inflammable gas, called fire-damp.

DAMP, v.t.

1. To moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet.

2. To chill; to deaden; to depress or deject; to abate; as, to damp the spirits; to damp the ardor of passion.

3. To weaken; to make dull; as, to damp sound.

4. To check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make languid; to discourage; as, to damp industry.



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DAMP, a.

1. Moist; humid; being in a state between dry and wet; as a damp cloth; damp air; sometimes, foggy; as, the atmosphere is damp; but it may be damp without visible vapor.

2. Dejected; sunk; depressed; chilled.

DAMP, n.

1. Moist air; humidity; moisture; fog.

2. Dejection; depression of spirits; chill. We say, to strike a damp, or to cast a damp, on the spirits.

3. Damps. plu. Noxious exhalations issuing from the earth, and deleterious or fatal to animal life. These are often known to exist in wells, which continue long covered and not used, and in mines and coal-pits; and sometimes they issue from the old lavas of volcanoes. These damps are usually the carbonic acid gas, vulgarly called choke-damp, which instantly suffocates; or some inflammable gas, called fire-damp.

DAMP, v.t.

1. To moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet.

2. To chill; to deaden; to depress or deject; to abate; as, to damp the spirits; to damp the ardor of passion.

3. To weaken; to make dull; as, to damp sound.

4. To check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make languid; to discourage; as, to damp industry.

DAMP, a. [G. dampf; D. damp; Sw. damb; Dan. damp, steam, vapor, fog, smoke; perhaps steam is from the same root, from wasting; Sans. dhuma. See Class Dm, No. 33.]

  1. Moist; humid; being in a state between dry and wet; as, a damp cloth; damp air; sometimes, foggy; as, the atmosphere is damp; but it may be damp without visible vapor.
  2. Dejected; sunk; depressed; chilled. [Unusual.] – Milton.

DAMP, n.

  1. Moist air; humidity; moisture; fog. – Milton.
  2. Dejection; depression of spirits; chill. We say, to strike a damp, or to cast a damp, on the spirits. – Milton.
  3. [Damps, plur.] Noxious exhalations issuing from the earth, and deleterious or fatal to animal life. These are often known to exist in wells which continue long covered and not used, and in mines and coal-pits; and sometimes they issue from the old lavas of volcanoes. These damps are usually the carbonic acid gas, vulgarly called choke-damp, which instantly suffocates; or some inflammable gas, called fire-damp.

DAMP, v.t.

  1. To moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet.
  2. To chill; to deaden; to depress or deject; to abate; as, to damp the spirits; to damp the ardor of passion. – Swift.
  3. To weaken; to make dull; as, to damp sound. – Bacon.
  4. To check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make languid; to discourage; as, to damp industry. Bacon.

Damp
  1. Moisture] humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor.

    Night . . . with black air
    Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom.
    Milton.

  2. Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist; humid.

    O'erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear. Dryden.

  3. To render damp] to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; to dampen; as, to damp cloth.
  4. 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.

  5. Dejected; depressed; sunk.

    [R.]

    All these and more came flocking, but with looks
    Downcast and damp.
    Milton.

  6. 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." Akenside.

    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.

  7. 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.

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Damp

DAMP, adjective

1. Moist; humid; being in a state between dry and wet; as a damp cloth; damp air; sometimes, foggy; as, the atmosphere is damp; but it may be damp without visible vapor.

2. Dejected; sunk; depressed; chilled.

DAMP, noun

1. Moist air; humidity; moisture; fog.

2. Dejection; depression of spirits; chill. We say, to strike a damp or to cast a damp on the spirits.

3. Damps. plural Noxious exhalations issuing from the earth, and deleterious or fatal to animal life. These are often known to exist in wells, which continue long covered and not used, and in mines and coal-pits; and sometimes they issue from the old lavas of volcanoes. These damps are usually the carbonic acid gas, vulgarly called choke-damp, which instantly suffocates; or some inflammable gas, called fire-damp.

DAMP, verb transitive

1. To moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet.

2. To chill; to deaden; to depress or deject; to abate; as, to damp the spirits; to damp the ardor of passion.

3. To weaken; to make dull; as, to damp sound.

4. To check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make languid; to discourage; as, to damp industry.

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