Damp

Definition of Damp

Pronunciation: dămp
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.
a.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.
All these and more came flocking, but with looks
Downcast and damp.
- Milton.
v. i.1.To render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; to dampen; as, to damp cloth.
[imp. & p. p. Damped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Damping.]
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.
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.

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