• WordNet 3.6
    • n dampener a device that dampens or moistens something "he used a dampener to moisten the shirts before he ironed them"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dampener One who or that which dampens; a damper.
    • n dampener In laundry-work, a machine for dampening collars, cuffs, and other garments previous to ironing. One type employs metal and rubber rolls for spreading a film of water over the collars or other pieces as they pass between the rolls.
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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:

He bound up her head with a dampened bandage and left her to sleep.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
Have you tried your sound dampener?
"The Hammer of Thor" by Charles Willard Diffin
I hope you do not suffer prosperity to dampen your recollection of old times.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 6 June 1848" by Various
Nothing could dampen our ardor.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
He is a thorough optimist; he is absolutely persistent; no hardship seems to dampen his ardor.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
She stood, without halter or tie-rope, as docile as a dog while he laved her fine limbs with a dampened cloth.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
It was such dampening, disconsolate thoughts as these that prompted Davies to hail a taxicab and go directly to the stadium.
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
Wipe off the top and sides of the battery case with a rag dampened with ammonia to neutralize any electrolyte which may have been spilled.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
They dampened the delicate fabric, and I shook with agitation.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various
The perspiration dampened his face as he realized that as far as he was concerned the die was cast.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd

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:

Friday's second officiated scrimmage of the spring for the West Virginia University football team was as dreary for the offense as the weather that dampened the practice field.
The earth's crust in this region is much older and kind of cold, and because of that, earthquakes out here ring like a bell, we say: really brightly and for a long time, compared to a dampened-type in other regions.
Due in large part to restaurant operators' dampened outlook for sales growth and the economy, the National Restaurant Association's (NRA) Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) fell sharply in October.
Repeated mediocre seasons can't dampen the fervor of Dallas Cowboys' fans.
Repeated mediocre seasons can't dampen Cowboys' fans fervor .
Although there's some much-needed rain in the forecast for Sunday, let's hope it doesn't dampen enthusiasm for community events scheduled to honor our nation's veterans on Veterans Day.
Shoelaces dampen from the morning dew splayed across the grass.
High gasoline prices could have an effect on consumption and thus dampen the coming earnings season.
Our office Christmas party is scheduled for Dec 18, and I later realized that the celebratory mood could be somewhat dampened by the end of the world, scheduled for three days later.
Rainy weather couldn't dampen the spirits that haunted the Kennedy Fire Hall during the annual Town of Poland Halloween party.
Australia Dampens Cigarette Packaging, Offers Graphic Warnings.
Rain and light snow dampened the high country Thursday, but a bigger, colder system is headed to Colorado this weekend, forecasters say.
Minor malfunctions in scanning devices in St Petersburg, Tampa, Lakeland, and Orlando dampened the mood of Florida's election officials.
A little rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm of those who braved the elements Saturday morning for a ceremonial groundbreaking on a new Gig Harbor stake center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Figures for Broadway's box office and attendance were still a bit hurricane-dampened in the first full frame after superstorm Sandy.

In science:

This description depicts a background of economic tranquility and (somewhat dampened) prosperity, which is perhaps how the cited state planning bureaus had indeed seen things in early 2007.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
This is because the conditional expectation of XT involves products of the a priori probability {qk }, and this ‘dampens’ the overall variability.
Asset pricing with random information flow
This learning rate is somewhat slowed down in the uncertain information model, hence resulting in the dampening of the volatility.
Asset pricing with random information flow
The interpretation of this result is that the shrinkage procedure essentially produces an estimator which is a dampen shrinkage estimator, the damping factor being γ (A).
Geometric sensitivity of random matrix results: consequences for shrinkage estimators of covariance and related statistical methods
This exercise illustrates an important bias that emerges if one does not properly account for direct triangle formation: homophily effects are dampened since cross group links are sometimes needed to form appropriate triangles.
Tractable and Consistent Random Graph Models