• WordNet 3.6
    • v dampen make moist "The dew moistened the meadows"
    • v dampen lessen in force or effect "soften a shock","break a fall"
    • v dampen check; keep in check (a fire)
    • v dampen make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible "muffle the message"
    • v dampen smother or suppress "Stifle your curiosity"
    • v dampen reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
    • v dampen deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Dampen To become damp; to deaden.
    • Dampen To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen. "In a way that considerably dampened our enthusiasm."
    • Dampen To make damp or moist; to make slightly wet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dampen To make damp or humid; apply moisture to; wet slightly; damp: as, the grass was dampened by a slight shower; to dampen clothes for ironing.
    • dampen To put a check or damper upon; make weak or dull; dim; deaden. See damp.
    • dampen To become damp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Dampen to make or become damp or moist
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  • James Whitcomb Riley
    James Whitcomb Riley
    “The most essential factor is persistence -- the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.”


In literature:

Then he had the sense to see that it was he, Gerald, who acted as a spoil-feast, a dampener.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
Their ardor was soon dampened by the chill fog and they returned to their base.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
They did not accept this as conclusive, but it helped somewhat to dampen their enthusiasm.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
Several stinging blows from a branch set with needles had dampened her enthusiasm for balsam pillows.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
Often the straws are dampened with water.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
Here is a phrase that somewhat dampens me.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The lizard-man stooped and brushed the sweat-dampened hair from Garin's forehead.
"The People of the Crater" by Andrew North
At night, hers were the scalding tears that dampened the pillow.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
But in spite of that, often when he came in at ten o'clock, after we had gone to bed, we heard him cough; he had dampened his feet.
"Waterloo" by Émile Erckmann
And again the glimpse that Checkers had caught of the place had greatly dampened his ardor.
"Checkers" by Henry M. Blossom

In poetry:

We, too, have autumns, when our leaves
Drop loosely through the dampened air,
When all our good seems bound in sheaves,
And we stand reaped and bare.
"To----" by James Russell Lowell
And with its ochre heat it spread across
The village houses, and the nearby wood,
Upon my bed and on my dampened pillow
And to the corner where the bookcase stood.
"August" by Boris Pasternak
Then I recalled the reason why my pillow
Had been so dampened by those tears that fell-
I'd dreamt I saw you coming one by one
Across the wood to wish me your farewell.
"August" by Boris Pasternak
Yet he came not, and the stillness
Dampened round her like a tomb;
She could feel cold eyes of spirits
Looking on her through the gloom,
She could hear the groping footsteps
Of some blind, gigantic doom.
"The Captive" by James Russell Lowell
Sweet ghost, why do you visit me
as in other times our bodies visited each other?
Your transparency dampens my skin
coming together in caresses that can never happen
no one ever received a kiss from a vanished face.
"Apparition Of Love" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

In news:

KENNEDY — Rainy weather couldn't dampen the spirits that haunted the Kennedy Fire Hall during the annual Town of Poland Halloween party.
Light, cool rain fell late during the event, but spirits were not dampened.
Rain Doesn't Dampen Spirit Of Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride And Walk.
Whatcom's diehard walkers rarely let winter weather dampen their.
The economy grew modestly in October and early November in nine of the nation's 12 Federal Reserve bank districts, but Superstorm Sandy dampened activity in the Northeast, the Fed said Wednesday.
But a few missed moments did not dampen his excitement.
The Saturday downpour hasn't dampened the East Coast beach vibe a bit at Snider Plaza's 4-weeks-new East Hampton Sandwich Co.
But there is concern that the differences could dampen enthusiasm among potential donors and possibly affect turnout on Election Day.
Snow and clouds don't dampen the spirits of Summer Boggess of New York City at Rainbow Curve.
Cloudy skies don't dampen Independence Day in the All America City of Kenai.
Blood splattered on the mud walls and dampened the parched earth.
Not even a brief, but intense rain and wind storm could dampen the community celebration held to benefit the Dr Kelvin P McDaniel ALS Foundation held July 4 at the McDaniels' family home in Slidell.
Between two styrofoam layers , hourglass-shaped dampeners let the two pieces move independently, so when an impact occurs – especially from an odd angle – the energy will dissipate evenly around the rider's head.
My books are grains of sand--dampened, improbably, by tears--in the unwavering hourglass of literary demolition.
Political Tensions Dampen Liberia 's Runoff Vote.

In science:

One may speculate that these distortions are an important process of dampening the motion and thus to localize the DWP.
What is moving in silica at 1 K? A computer study of the low-temperature anomalies
If this allocation now leads to an inversion of the travel time difference, i.e. this route now becomes more than 30% slower, then the oscillation will not dampen out.
Using microsimulation feedback for trip adaptation for realistic traffic in Dallas
We cannot overemphasize the importance of working with thin mercury layers, not only because they reduce the weight borne by the mechanical structures but, most importantly, because they dampen better any disturbance 2.
Optical Tests of a 2.5-m diameter Liquid Mirror: Behavior under External Perturbations and Scattered Light Measurements
One should expect that waves generated at the thick outer edges should travel some distance through the thinner inner layers before being dampened out of detectability.
Optical Tests of a 2.5-m diameter Liquid Mirror: Behavior under External Perturbations and Scattered Light Measurements
One cannot overemphasize the importance of working with thin layers of mercury because of the effectiveness with which thin layers dampen disturbances. We can see a considerable improvement by going from a 3-mm layer to a 2-mm layer.
Optical Tests of a 2.5-m diameter Liquid Mirror: Behavior under External Perturbations and Scattered Light Measurements