• WordNet 3.6
    • v tamp press down tightly "tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso"
    • n tamp a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tamp In blasting, to plug up with clay, earth, dry sand, sod, or other material, as a hole bored in a rock, in order to prevent the force of the explosion from being misdirected.
    • Tamp To drive in or down by frequent gentle strokes; as, to tamp earth so as to make a smooth place.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tamp In blasting for quarrying and mining purposes, to fill (the hole made by the drill or borer) with tamping, after the charge of powder or other explosive has been introduced.
    • tamp To force in or down by frequent and somewhat light strokes: as, to tamp mud so as to make a floor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Tamp tamp to fill up, as a hole bored in a rock for blasting: to pack earth, &c., round, as a mine, to prevent an explosion in a wrong direction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. tamponner, to plug or stop. See Tampion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Tampion (q.v.).


In literature:

He put in the powder and tamping, and asked the other to hand him the tamping-bar.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
Then he began speaking as he went through the pipe smoker's ritual of filling, tamping, and lighting.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Tamp the soil about the roots with all your might.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
MR. HARGIS: In tamping say you have a hole in a rock four feet.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
When finished the surface was tamped gently with a tamper with a face of pine plank sixteen inches long by twelve inches wide.
"Mushrooms: how to grow them" by William Falconer
All the time work went on until, on the 17th of April, the mine was finished, charged, and 'tamped.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
Another layer of material is distributed over this, and tamped and tramped down in a similar manner.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
They followed it up, and discovered a hidden mine of explosives, tamped down into a hole that had been drilled in the rocky floor.
"The Boy Ranchers in Camp" by Willard F. Baker
The red insets were now tamped in with the trowel-handle, the unique round edges appearing without a touch of stain.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
Thoughtfully he tamped the tobacco into the bowl.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak

In news:

Let's tamp down this idea right now: Indian River County doesn't need to purchase the former Indian River Correctional Institution .
Wildlife officials are tamping down rumors that a mountain lion is prowling in a small northern Ohio town.
Press Releases TAMP Systems Announces DRS Smartphone App.
Merrick, NY – TAMP Systems launches its DRS™ Smartphone App DRS users will be able to access their BCM documentation as well as manage incident responses remotely.
Can Israel tamp down Jerusalem clashes.
Euro-zone Hopes To Tamp Down Spain Bailout Fund.
Doomsday predictions are hard to tamp down .
Aides Tamp Down Rumors Of Pelosi-Hoyer Feud.
The next mayor has to tamp down the heated rhetoric over how to improve the city's schools and also "stop villifying teachers," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.
Economical tamp-blow label printer-applicator.
Mark Williamson (front) tamps dirt used to fill in a hole where he and Maine Brown were installing a six-inch water main along Vicksboro Road Monday afternoon.
Britain Tamps Down Its Foreign Aid Threat to Antigay Countries.
Official Twitter accounts tried to tamp down rumors.
An accident with a tamping iron made Phineas Gage history's most famous brain-injury survivor.
After pulling , tamp down-soil to minimize disturbance.

In science:

The latter can also enable simultaneous accretion and explosion, thereby solving the problem of the accretion tamp that has bedeviled the theory of the neutrino mechanism for years.
Multi-Dimensional Explorations in Supernova Theory
Lata, S.; Reichel, A.; Brock, R.; Tampé, R.; Piehler, J. J Am Chem Soc 2005, 127, 10205-10215. (11) Lata, S.; Piehler, J.
Quantum yield optimized fluorophores for site-specific labeling and super-resolution imaging
Analytical Chemistry 2005, 77, 1096-1105. (15) Artelsmair, H.; Kienberger, F.; Tinazli, A.; Schlapak, R.; Zhu, R.; Preiner, J.; Wruss, J.; Kastner, M.; Saucedo-Zeni, N.; Hoelzl, M.; Rankl, C.; Baumgartner, W.; Howorka, S.; Blaas, D.; Gruber, H. J.; Tampe, R.; Hinterdorfer, P.
Quantum yield optimized fluorophores for site-specific labeling and super-resolution imaging
Small 2008, 4, 847-854. (16) Tinazli, A.; Piehler, J.; Beuttler, M.; Guckenberger, R.; Tampé, R. Nat Nanotechnol 2007, 2, 220-225. (17) Giannone, G.; Hosy, E.; Levet, F.; Constals, A.; Schulze, K.; Sobolevsky, A. I.; Rosconi, M. P.; Gouaux, E.; Tampé, R.; Choquet, D.; Cognet, L.
Quantum yield optimized fluorophores for site-specific labeling and super-resolution imaging
However, this progenitor has a uniquely steep density gradient just exterior to the core (and, hence, almost no accretion tamp), and such progenitor density profiles and 1D explosion behavior are seen in no other circumstance.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory