Definition of damp in English:
- With her back on the slightly damp grass, Selina watched the scattered clouds float by.
- An hour later, the slightly damp crew boarded the buses for the final leg home.
- Her hair was slightly damp from the long hours of tears and her tired, blue eyes were puffy.
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- Hotter, drier summers will bring an increased risk of property subsidence, while wetter winters may cause damp, condensation and mould problems.
- If the walls were rendered with hard sand and cement, this would trap moisture, resulting in condensation or damp.
- Five minutes later, once the smoke and clouds of damp had cleared, she turned to me: ‘Why did you buy this?’
- If the flame got larger, they knew they were encountering "fire damp" (methane gas).
- He had been asked to investigate "fire-damp" (methane gas) explosions in coal mines, caused by the candles miners used as lighting.
- Methane is a nonpoisonous, tasteless, odorless and colorless gas. It is also known as marsh gas (CH4) and, when mixed with air, it forms fire-damp.
- A draught of this Medoc will defend us from the damps.
- Cliff said, "In those days they called it foul air, bad air, the damps. Air without oxygen is what I think it was.
- Stay not in this evil den; for the air is chill, and the damps are fatal; nor will any, that perish within it, ever find the path to Heaven.
- Even though defensive coordinators have had ample time to study the triplets, they have yet to discover how to put damps on them.
- The rising number of free services may have prompted a report circulating last week that AOL has put the damps on content partners, requiring them to limit links and joint ad campaigns with free ISPs.
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- When they were dry they were damped and rolled for the dampness to spread evenly before they were ironed with an iron heated and reheated on the stove.
- The tooling was done by damping the surface of the tanned leather and pressing or sometimes stamping the design in with a fairly sharp metal, bone or wooden tool.
- Alternatively, damp a cloth with kerosene oil and carefully wipe the insects off with it.
- Fire crews stayed until nearly 5am damping the building down.
- Although I wasn't on duty for the fire, I was there in the evening damping it down.
- He said it took the two crews ten minutes to fight the fire with foam and ten minutes to damp the car down with water.
- Asian multilateralism will be critical not just for coordinating the region's booming economies, but also for damping down the nationalist passions lurking beneath the surface of every Asian country.
- Polley is unshowy and controlled in the star part, damping down her intelligence, beauty and almost all of her emotion for the role.
- Although the escapement enables the hammer to fall away from the string, the damper is not allowed to fall back and damp the string until the key is released.
- This guitar also has an ebony arm-rest to keep your arm from damping the sound from the top.
- Sometimes you have to go through several oscillations before you can damp out the yaw.
- If the oscillations are not damped out, they could break the fragile lines of other suspended weights and become amplified.
- A little while ago he sent me a proposed solution by email, a method of moving the cup while you walk that should serve to damp the oscillations.
We do not think of something damp as being dangerous, but the word originally meant a noxious gas. This use survives in firedamp (late 17th century), a name for methane gas, especially when it forms an explosive mixture with air in coal mines. Damp did not come to refer to wetness until the 18th century. The damp squib which failed to go off has probably always marred firework displays—a squib is a small firework that burns with a hissing sound before exploding. From the middle of the 19th century the phrase began to be used of situations and events that were much less impressive than expected. Nowadays, the phrase is sometimes heard as ‘damp squid’, people substituting a more familiar and more familiarly damp word for the rarer squib. See also fiasco, lead, lemon. Both damp and dank (Middle English) are Germanic in origin, but were not originally connected.
- Example sentences
- Another dampish day, never quite raining, never absolutely dry.
- Our weather today is most disappointing, overcast and sort of dampish.
- It was lunchtime on a dampish day which may have accounted for the small number of customers.
- Example sentences
- A piece of cottonwood fluff brought low by the rain settles damply onto the hood of the truck.
- I left with my head held high and my uncut locks damply streaming behind me.
- Twenty minutes later, skin still tingling and hair falling damply down her back, she trudged barefoot, dressed in jeans and an old sweat shirt toward her computer.
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