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 time.

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
(Damp" off`) To decay and perish through excessive moisture.

(Damp"y) a.

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, Doncella.]

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,
In shady walks the scorching heat to shun.

Sometimes a troop of damsels glad, . . .
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 plum.

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