• WordNet 3.6
    • v hamper prevent the progress or free movement of "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather","the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
    • v hamper put at a disadvantage "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
    • n hamper a basket usually with a cover
    • n hamper a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hamper hăm"pẽr A large basket, usually with a cover, used for the packing and carrying of articles; as, a hamper of wine; a clothes hamper; an oyster hamper, which contains two bushels.
    • Hamper A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes.
    • Hamper (Naut) Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way at certain times.
    • v. t Hamper To put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle; to insnare; to inveigle; to entangle; hence, to impede in motion or progress; to embarrass; to encumber. "Hampered nerves.""A lion hampered in a net.""They hamper and entangle our souls."
    • v. t Hamper To put in a hamper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hamper To impede in motion or progress; render motion or progress difficult to; shackle; entangle; restrain by force.
    • hamper Hence To impede in any way; embarrass; encumber; restrain; perplex.
    • hamper To derange or put out of working order, as a piece of mechanism.
    • hamper To beat.
    • n hamper A fetter or some instrument that shackles.
    • n hamper Nautical, things collectively, which, though necessary to the equipment of a ship, are in the way at certain times: as, to stow away the top hamper.
    • n hamper A kind of basket or wickerwork receptacle, generally of considerable size, chiefly used as a packing-case.
    • n hamper A two-bushel basket for oysters.
    • n hamper A measure for fish holding about a bushel.
    • n hamper Same as hanaper, 4.
    • hamper To put into a hamper: as, to hamper goods.
    • hamper To load with hampers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Hamper ham′pėr to impede or perplex: to shackle
    • n Hamper a chain or fetter
    • n Hamper ham′pėr a large basket for conveying goods
    • v.t Hamper to put in a hamper
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  • Jane Harrison
    Jane Harrison
    “Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things that made life to me glorious -- friendship and learning.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hamperen, hampren, prob. of the same origin as E. hamble,


In literature:

Hitherto these men and their fellows had hampered and thwarted him, marred his plans and balked his efforts.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
There was a great unpacking, during which Captain Bellfield and Mrs. Greenow constantly had their heads in the same hamper.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
But Debussy has not swerved nor hampered Ravel any more than has his master, Gabriel Faure.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
English bridge-builders are somewhat hampered in adopting rational limits of working stress by the rules of the Board of Trade.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
To run and escape was impossible, for no one could run hampered by the weight of water and his diving suit.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
The hamper service is also extended to six places in the Chatham Islands and to Pitcairn Island.
"Report of the National Library Service for the Year Ended 31 March 1958" by G. T. Alley and National Library Service (New Zealand)
You should see the hampers she sends me.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
It is easy to understand that Christianity's influence on medicine, instead of hampering, was most favorable.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
As he returned and knelt to tighten the strap of a hamper, she caught sight of the thread that held his earring.
"Jerry" by Jean Webster
As he returned and knelt to tighten the strap of a hamper, she caught sight of the thread that held his earring.
"Jerry Junior" by Jean Webster

In poetry:

Hard-wuk'd donkey on de road
Trottin' wid him ushal load,
Hamper pack' wi' yam an' grain,
Sour-sop, and Gub'nor cane.
"Two-An'-Six" by Claude McKay
A'a, dear! what a life has a mother!
At leeast, if they're hamper'd like me,
Thro' mornin' to neet ther's some bother,
An' ther will be, aw guess, wol aw dee.
"What It Is To Be A Mother" by John Hartley
Therefore I cannot think thee wholly gone;
The better part of thee is with us still;
Thy soul its hampering clay aside hath thrown,
And only freer wrestles with the ill.
"Elegy On The Death Of Dr. Channing" by James Russell Lowell
Gray-haired children come in crowds,
Thee, their Hope, to greet:
Is it swaddling clothes or shrouds
Hampering so our feet?
Eldest child, the shadows gloom:
Take the aged children home.
"Christmas Song of the Old Children" by George MacDonald
"Here lies the man I should not be
By all stern rules of life.
The man who's plagued and hampered me
All through this mundane strife.
A lazy, loafing knave was he....
But, sooth, he was fine company."
"The Corpse That Won't Lie Still" by C J Dennis
He is bossed by bitter boobies who can never understand;
He is hampered by the asses and the robbers of the land,
And I feel inclined to wonder what his own opinions are
Of the Government, the country, of the war and of the Czar.
"Riding Round the Lines" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Hurricane Sandy Doesn't Hamper This Brooklyn Hatter.
Full grain silos hamper firefighting efforts in Carpio.
Generally Content, New Partners Fear Lack of Training Will Hamper Ability to Win Clients.
Investment units hamper sales in building.
TCU Horned Frogs hamper Nick Florence, Baylor to runaway with 49-21 win in Waco.
Injuries hamper Gators at Vanderbilt.
Technology and the written word can hamper our ability to see God.
Appraisals Continue to Hamper Sales.
Injuries to point guards Jontel Evans, Malcolm Brogdon could hamper Virginia early in season.
Tech problems hamper O'Reilly-Stewart debate.
Offensive woes hamper Dolphins against Raiders.
Unusual Benefits of Incumbency Hamper the Challenger.
Philippine typhoon rescue operations hampered .
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Workers' actions hampered Atlanta gas leak probe.

In science:

However, exclusive production is hampered by expected low production rates 9) .
Diffractive and Exclusive (Higgs?) Production from CDF to LHC
This lack of examples obviously hampered the progress in general coring theory.
Galois-Type Extensions and Equivariant Projectivity
One of the ma jor problems that hampered progress was how to define a homologous radius at which to compare the surface brightness of local and remote E galaxies.
The Tolman Surface Brightness Test for the Reality of the Expansion. V. Provenance of the Test and a New Representation of the Data for Three Remote HST Galaxy Clusters
Some methods may be given misleading or uninformative names and some data members may give little or no indication of the role the data plays. Although some names are acceptable, many names violate expectations, are poorly chosen, or hamper readability.
Exploring Peer Review in the Computer Science Classroom
As powerful as it is, the technique is hampered by the fact that various assumption must be made about σ2 .
Electrodynamics of correlated electron systems