verb[no object] (tamper with)
- Interfere with (something) in order to cause damage or make unauthorized alterations: someone tampered with the brakes of my carMore example sentences
interfere, monkey around, meddle, tinker, fiddle (about/around), fool about/around, play about/around, toy, trifle, dabble; do mischief to, doctor, alter, change, adjust, damage, do damage to, harm, deface, vandalize, ruin• informal mess about/aroundBritish • informal muck about/around
- The lifting contractor should have qualified personnel inspect all reusable hardware upon receipt for any signs of shipping damage, tampering, or intentional alteration.
- On Oct. 1, the FBI, along with private security experts, took the unusual step of publicizing the top 20 ways that hackers tamper with computer systems.
- They might gain access to our systems and tamper with data through computer network attacks or exploit it for hostile purposes.
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- A machine or tool for tamping down earth or ballast.More example sentences
- Its hydraulic PTO can manage breakers, tampers, drills, and saws.
- Tamp the patch with a tamper or a garden roller filled about one-third full with water, or simply walk on it.
- Using a tamper, he levels and compresses the grinds, a technique absolutely necessary for uniform extraction.
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- It's a very hard thing to do, even for computer experts and dedicated activists, to predict, observe and prove vote tampering in the areas in which it occurs - we just can't know which the tamperers will choose.
- Clicks, he reports, are produced when unskilled tamperers try to cut and splice tape.
- Such protection should be adequate to unequivocally deter tamperers without imparting permanent paralysis or injury to the tamperer.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'busy oneself to a particular end, machinate'): alteration of the verb temper.