Dampen to Dangerous
(Damp"en) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dampened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dampening.]
1. To make damp or moist; to make slightly wet.
2. To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen.
In a way that considerably dampened our enthusiasm.The Century.
(Damp"en), v. i. To become damp; to deaden. Byron.
(Damp"er) n. That which damps or checks; as: (a) A valve or movable plate in the flue or other
part of a stove, furnace, etc., used to check or regulate the draught of air. (b) A contrivance, as in a
pianoforte, to deaden vibrations; or, as in other pieces of mechanism, to check some action at a particular
Nor did Sabrina's presence seem to act as any damper at the modest little festivities.W. Black.
(Damp"ish) a. Moderately damp or moist.
Damp"ish*ly, adv. Damp"ish*ness, n.
(Damp"ne) v. t. To damn. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Damp"ness), n. Moderate humidity; moisture; fogginess; moistness.
(Damp" off`) To decay and perish through excessive moisture.
1. Somewhat damp. [Obs.] Drayton.
2. Dejected; gloomy; sorrowful. [Obs.] "Dispel dampy throughts." Haywards.
(Dam"sel) n. [OE. damosel, damesel, damisel, damsel, fr. OF. damoisele, damisele, gentlewoman,
F. demoiselle young lady; cf. OF. damoisel young nobleman, F. damoiseau; fr. LL. domicella, dominicella,
fem., domicellus, dominicellus, masc., dim. fr. L. domina, dominus. See Dame, and cf. Demoiselle,
1. A young person, either male or female, of noble or gentle extraction; as, Damsel Pepin; Damsel Richard,
Prince of Wales. [Obs.]
2. A young unmarried woman; a girl; a maiden.
With her train of damsels she was gone,Dryden.
In shady walks the scorching heat to shun.
Sometimes a troop of damsels glad, . . .Tennyson.
Goes by to towered Camelot.
3. (Milling) An attachment to a millstone spindle for shaking the hopper.
(Dam"son) n. [OE. damasin the Damascus plum, fr. L. Damascenus. See Damascene.] A
small oval plum of a blue color, the fruit of a variety of the Prunus domestica; called also damask