Pronunciation: (damp),[key] —adj.,-er, -est, —n., v.
—adj. 1. slightly wet; moist: damp weather; a damp towel. 2. unenthusiastic; dejected; depressed: The welcoming committee gave them a rather damp reception.
—n. 1. moisture; humidity; moist air: damp that goes through your warmest clothes. 2. a noxious or stifling vapor or gas, esp. in a mine.
3. depression of spirits; dejection.
4. a restraining or discouraging force or factor.
—v.t. 1. to make damp; moisten.
2. to check or retard the energy, action, etc., of; deaden; dampen: A series of failures damped her enthusiasm. 3. to stifle or suffocate; extinguish: to damp a furnace. 4. Acoustics,Music.to check or retard the action of (a vibrating string); dull; deaden.
5. Physics.to cause a decrease in amplitude of (successive oscillations or waves).
6. damp off, to undergo damping-off.