• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tamping The act of one who tamps; specifically, the act of filling up a hole in a rock, or the branch of a mine, for the purpose of blasting the rock or exploding the mine.
    • Tamping The material used in tamping. See Tamp v. t., 1.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tamping In blasting, the act or operation of filling up a blast-hole above the charge. This is done in order that the charge may not blow out through the hole instead of expending its force against the rock or other object of attack.
    • n tamping In milit. mining, the operation of packing with earth, sand, etc., that part of a mine nearest to the charge, to increase its effectiveness in a given direction.
    • n tamping The material with which the hole made by the drill for blasting is filled after the introduction of the charge of powder or other explosive. Among the materials used for tamping are bore-meal or boring-dust, dried clay, dried flucan, pounded brick, soft slaty rock, and plaster of Paris. Tamping is called stemming in some parts of England.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tamping the act of filling up a hole in a rock for blasting: the material used
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Tampion (q.v.).


In literature:

Heaton reports a case in which, by an explosion, a tamping-iron was driven through the chin of a man into the cerebrum.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Happy, I'll help Bud stretch wire this afternoon if you'll tamp the rest uh them posts.
"The Flying U's Last Stand" by B. M. Bower
And at Friendship an army of workers was sprinkling and tamping the turf of the polo field.
"A Poor Wise Man" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
He just tamps his pipe as if nothing had happened, and smokes on.
"Messer Marco Polo" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
To the east was a double board wall with earth tamped between: a solid curb higher than the head of a tall man.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
Another way was by using tamping sticks.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
It has been found that a fertile cause of accidents in coal mines is insufficient tamping, or "stemming," as it is called in Yorkshire.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887" by Various
Tamping and puddling still left a filtration of 12 in.
"The Water Supply of the El Paso and Southwestern Railway from Carrizozo to Santa Rosa, N. Mex." by J. L. Campbell
When it is necessary to tamp dynamite, nothing but a wooden tamper shall be used.
"Mining Laws of Ohio, 1921" by Anonymous
Each was tamped in with a round caulking tool of the size of the hole driven with a sledge hammer.
"Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vol. LXVIII, Sept. 1910" by James H. Brace, Francis Mason and S. H. Woodard

In news:

Dual tamp label printer/ applicator .
Forest Service now tries to tamp out every flame.
Economical tamp -blow label printer-applicator.
Euro-zone Hopes To Tamp Down Spain Bailout Fund.
Reports That Gov Christie Will Give Keynote Tamp Down Veep Talk.
Doomsday predictions are hard to tamp down .
Aides Tamp Down Rumors Of Pelosi-Hoyer Feud.
But his drinks' tastes, aromas and subtleties evidently won over the exacting panel members, some of whom crouched within inches of contestants' hands to gauge grinding grip and tamping technique.
Cost-wary Forest Service now tries to tamp out every flame.
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.
(AP) — The New England Patriots moved to shore up their shaky secondary on Thursday by obtaining cornerback Aqib Talib from the Tamp.
An accident with a tamping iron made Phineas Gage history's most famous brain-injury survivor.
Mk IV Tamper is a high tech, refined machine known for top quality production /switch tamping and transit system work.
Nilodor introduces Certified's new Spot & Stain Rescue Kit, a portable spotting kit containing three quart-size spotters, an aerosol spotter, tamping brush and white towel.

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