• WordNet 3.6
    • n damper a depressing restraint "rain put a damper on our picnic plans"
    • n damper a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations
    • n damper a movable iron plate that regulates the draft in a stove or chimney or furnace
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n damper dăm"pẽr That which damps or checks; "Nor did Sabrina's presence seem to act as any damper at the modest little festivities."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n damper One who or that which damps. A mechanical device for checking action in something with which it is connected.
    • n damper A kind of unfermented bread, made of flour and water, and generally baked on a stone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Damper that which checks or moderates: a mechanical appliance for reducing currents, musical vibration, &c.:
    • n Damper (Australia) a kind of unfermented bread
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. dampen; akin to Dut. damp, Ger. dampf, vapour.


In literature:

The knowledge that the debut party was given to little Judith Buck in no way served to throw a damper on the festivities.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
That is what the front dampers or slides are for.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The young man put his feet upon the damper of the stove, and tilted his chair back in the free and easy manner which had charmed Glenoro.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
When the four men sat down to their frugal meal of "billy" tea, boiled bacon, and "damper," they chatted and laughed like schoolboys.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
When these were all in order, there was the everlasting "damper" to make.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
The way this question was asked, was a great damper to Father John's hopes.
"The Macdermots of Ballycloran" by Anthony Trollope
The door slammed, and again only one bright line beneath the damper showed against the darkness.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
The damper in the lower door had a bad habit of opening when it was jarred.
"Polly of Lady Gay Cottage" by Emma C. Dowd
We took out the damper and poked out all the soot and ashes.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
By regulating the damper in this pipe the supply of fresh warmed air entering the room can be regulated.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
It won't light with the damper turned.
"What She Could" by Susan Warner
If you try to broil it with the front damper open, the smoke will rise.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Well, the bill was a damper, but I couldn't help enjoying it for all that.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Now, how d'ye like plain damper?
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
The dampers were shut off, and the fuel was changed to anthracite.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The telegraph is flung over to "Stop," the throttle is closed, ash-pit damper put on, and the regular throb slackens, hesitates, stops.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
It's still below the critical level, and of course we're putting in dampers.
"The Star Lord" by Boyd Ellanby
But this grim, inhospitable sea put a damper on his spirits.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
I don't mean that there are not little dampers and difficulties.
"The O'Donoghue Tale Of Ireland Fifty Years Ago" by Charles James Lever
As it is, we have to put the damper on it until there is a definite program.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds

In poetry:

REGION of damper and junk and tea,
Region of pastures wide!
The fairest spots in the world to me
Are out on the Lachlan Side.
"Lachlan Side" by Henry Lawson
We hastily comfort the inner man
With the warm contents of the billy can;
The beef and damper are passed about
Before we tackle the cutting out.
"Song of the Squatter" by Anonymous Oceania
Chorus: So early in the morning, etc.
We hastily comfort the inner man
With the warm contents of the billy-can;
The beef and damper are passed about
Before we tackle the cutting out.
"Mustering Song" by Anonymous Oceania
“As they their beef and damper ate
And swilled their pints of tea
A bully notion all at wonst
Dawned on that rowdy three.
And Dublin Pat, in frantic mirth,
Said, ‘Now we’ll have a spree!’
"The Sleeping Beauty" by Henry Lawson
There's a damper in the ashes, tea and sugar in the bags,
There's whips of feed and shelter on the sandridge for the nags,
There's gidya wood about us and water close at hand,
And just one bottle left yet of the good Glenlivet brand.
"Westward Ho!" by Harry Breaker Morant
Dusty patch in desolation, bare slab walls and earthen floor,
And a blinding drought is blazing from horizons to the door:
Milkless tea and ration sugar, damper junk and pumpkin mash—
And a Day on our Selection passes by me in a flash.
"The Last Review" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Rain Doesn't Damper Spirits at CarolinaFest.
That's why motorcycle dampers like the Scotts free-bleed back to center.
From now until the end of August, Precision Racing Products is offering 20% off all rebuild services for thier steering dampers .
Injury puts a damper on scrimmage.
Rheem damper -design gas-fired water heaters.
The Öhlins steering dampers supplied as original equipment on recent Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6Rs and ZX-10Rs are the genuine article, but they don't work as well as the aftermarket units sold by the Swedish firm.
Previously Predicted Gas Prices Put A Damper on Holiday Travel.
Rain puts damper on local sports.
High gas prices to put damper on consumer spending.
While a vacation is always a great excuse for seeing the world and dusting off that passport, limited finances and days off may sometimes put a damper on those globetrotting plans.
A weekend snowstorm didn't put a damper on everyone's spirits in Minnesota as Sunday brought snowplay and the Vikings-Bears game.
The weather put a damper on the East-Central Europe Conference at Missouri State University today but officials from several countries had already arrived in Springfield KSMU's Missy Shelton spoke with two of them and files this report.
El Nino was supposed to rip storms apart and put a damper on the hurricane season, but it appears to be a no-show.
El Niño was supposed to rip storms apart and put a damper on the hurricane season, but it appears to be a no-show.
The heavy duty dampers are double-flanged, channel-frame style backdraft dampers.

In science:

Note that if the damper bρ ∈ R the mollifier ρ may nevertheless be complex.
First-order quantum perturbation theory and Colombeau generalized functions
E ) = ρ(E /ǫ)/ǫ is the scaled molli fier associated to the damper bρ in (7.1) which replaces the sharp cut-off introduced in Remark 1, and where 1/ǫ corresponds to T /2 as remarked in Sec. 7.2.
First-order quantum perturbation theory and Colombeau generalized functions
It remains then, just like in the conventional theory, to insure that the regularization implied by the damper bρ yields the proper physical result, i.e., Rutherford’s formula.
First-order quantum perturbation theory and Colombeau generalized functions
The damper lifts so that the string can vibrate freely.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
It hangs from an upper pendulum stage with an eddy current magnetic damper, which damps the pendulum swing mode with a 200 s decay time.
Achieving geodetic motion for LISA test masses: ground testing result
In these new coordinates, the dynamics take the form of a nonlinear mass-spring-damper system (with unit mass, nonlinear spring characteristic f (exp(·)x∗ ) and nonlinear damping function g (· + µ0 )).
A simple mechanism for balancing at the border of instability with applications to persistent neural activity
Figure 5.2. a) Picture of the Auriga cryostat equipped with the room temperature commercial gas damper (blue colour); b) Schematic of the Auriga detector partially sectioned.
The Past, Present and Future of the Resonant-Mass Gravitational Wave Detectors
Damper, R. I. (2000) “Emergence and Levels of Abstraction,” International Journal of Systems Science, 31, 811-818.
Collective Intelligence in Humans: A Literature Review