• WordNet 3.6
    • v tamper play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly "Someone tampered with the documents on my desk","The reporter fiddle with the facts"
    • v tamper intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly "Don't meddle in my affairs!"
    • n tamper a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.)
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tamper An instrument used in tamping; a tamping iron.
    • Tamper One who tamps; specifically, one who prepares for blasting, by filling the hole in which the charge is placed.
    • Tamper To deal unfairly; to practice secretly; to use bribery. "Others tampered For Fleetwood, Desborough, and Lambert."
    • Tamper To meddle so as to alter, injure, or vitiate a thing.
    • Tamper To meddle; to be busy; to try little experiments; as, to tamper with a disease. "'T is dangerous tampering with a muse."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tamper To experiment rashly; busy one's self unwisely or officiously; meddle: usually followed by with in this and the other senses.
    • tamper To interfere, as for the purpose of alteration; make objectionable or unauthorized changes (in): as, to tamper with a will or other document.
    • tamper To use secret or underhand measures; exert unfair or corrupt influence; especially, to use improper persuasions, solicitations, bribery, etc.
    • n tamper One who tamps, or prepares for blasting by stopping the hole in which the charge is placed.
    • n tamper An instrument used in tamping; a tamping-bar or tamping-iron.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Tamper tam′pėr to try the temper of: to try little experiments without necessity or authority: to meddle: to practise secretly and unfairly
    • ***


  • Daniel Webster
    “He who tampers with the currency robs labor of its bread.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A corruption of temper,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A by-form of temper.


In literature:

The old man has to be bribed or cajoled to allow the books to be tampered with.
"The Parish Clerk (1907)" by Peter Hampson Ditchfield
Jury selection should not be tampered with, and jurors who try men for high treason should be freeholders.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
This irritation being removed, the boy is less apt to tamper with his sexual organs.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
His servants and guards had been tampered with.
"Waysiders" by Seumas O'Kelly
Have nothing to do with quacks; and do not tamper with quack medicines.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
And yet the vault had been robbed, and the vault lock had apparently not been tampered with.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
Here is the situation as it exists in the play; nothing could be simpler, more direct, more difficult to tamper with.
"Plays, Acting and Music" by Arthur Symons
What right had such brigands as sick men to tamper with the carts of honest people?
"Whosoever Shall Offend" by F. Marion Crawford
And Isaac was wise; his very respect for the thing that had cost him so much prevented him from tampering with it.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
It does not always follow when an ink has made a blur on one part of the paper and not on another that the paper has been tampered with.
"Disputed Handwriting" by Jerome B. Lavay

In poetry:

Person of the shakeless grouch
Tamperer with the cream,
Idler, lounger, sloven, slouch
Despot of the steam--
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
You were not always sure, not always set
To hiding night or tuning ^symphonies';
Had not one style from birth, but tried and pried
And stretched and tampered with the media.
"To Whistler, American" by Ezra Pound

In news:

400 BLOCK OF COUNTRY LIVING DRIVE – Complainant reported someone tampered with a water meter.
BPU employees alerted Jamestown Police when they found electric lines running into the residence at 834 Lafayette St had been tampered with.
She pleaded no contest to evidence tampering, false reporting and attempted prostitution.
Michigan militia member cleared by judge seeks cash, says feds tampered with her guns.
A woman acquitted this year in a major militia trial says federal agents tampered with guns that were returned to her after the trial.
Skater Cho says tampering was 'biggest mistake '.
Widow of Eatonville firefighter accused of molestation is guilty of tampering.
Walter Meyerle, the tattoo artist convicted of sexually assaulting 15 children over more than a decade, is under investigation for possible witness tampering, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Friday.
An alert resident in the 19100 block of Zane St has helped Elk River Police nab a trio of juveniles suspected of motor vehicle tampering.
The resident phoned 911 about 2:30 am on July 16 with a report of three juvenile males tampering with a motor vehicle .
Ex- Nassau Bay officer charged with theft, evidence-tampering.
Someone may have tampered with an emergency generator at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but there was no danger because both reactors at the California coastal facility are shut down, operators said.
Possible generator tampering found at nuke plant.
Canadian skater Olivier Jean suspected tampering.
Oregon elections worker fired after allegations of ballot tampering.

In science:

To appreciate why in Theorem 1.3(i) we are not able to prove the full range of (EG2), note that to prove that a configuration is good we must show that the color at 0 cannot be affected by any tampering of the color record far away from 0.
A crossover for the bad configurations of random walk in random scenery
If no tampering occured, Bob will obtain a pair hm, 1i where m is the original message sent by Alice and 1 indicates that the authentication was successful.
Quantum Communication Complexity of Quantum Authentication Protocols
While it is reasonable to assume that the quantum noise of a vacuum field Xv is perfectly random over all frequencies and cannot be tampered with, electronic noise may not possess these ideal properties.
Real time demonstration of high bitrate quantum random number generation with coherent laser light
In the second scenario we assume that the electronic noise may be tampered and is untrustworthy.
Real time demonstration of high bitrate quantum random number generation with coherent laser light
We consider two similar ways of tampering with the random hypercube.
Detecting Tampering in a Random Hypercube