Definition of tamp in English:

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Pronunciation: /tamp/


[with object]
1Pack (a blast hole) full of clay or sand to concentrate the force of the explosion: when the hole was tamped to the top, gunpowder was inserted
More example sentences
  • Tamp the plug on the buffer to ensure that it is properly seated.
  • Use only wooden rods for tamping; do not tamp too vigorously
  • Tamp, guide and retrieve materials in a blasthole only using nonsparking tools.
1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Ram or pack (a substance) down or into something firmly: he tamped down the tobacco with his thumb
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  • After perfectly leveling the greenhouse site, the contractor brought in a rolling vibrator, a mechanical compactor, and tamped the disturbed soil solid.
  • Use the end of a hand tool or a stick to tamp the soil until firm.
  • I remember planting with my father, and having him explain how to work the soil, how azaleas liked their oak leaves or peat moss, how you tamped the dirt, gave them a drink.


Early 19th century: probably a back-formation from tampin (interpreted as 'tamping'), variant of tampion.

Words that rhyme with tamp

amp, camp, champ, clamp, cramp, damp, encamp, gamp, lamp, ramp, samp, scamp, stamp, tramp, vamp

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