- 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 (sordine), as in a pianoforte, to deaden vibrations; or, as in other pieces of mechanism, to check some action at a particular time.
#:(c) Something that kills the mood
#:(d) A device that decreases the oscillations of a system.
#:*Nor did Sabrina's presence seem to act as any damper at the modest little festivities. - W. Black
- AU Bread made from a basic recipe of flour, water, milk, and salt: but without yeast.
#: 1827: The farm-men usually bake their flour into flat cakes, which they call dampers, and cook these in the ashes. — w:Peter Cunningham|Peter Cunningham, Two Years in New South Wales, ii.190. Quoted in G. A. Wilkes, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms, 1978, ISBN 0-424-00034-2.
Dutch: dampkap f (1a), afzuigkap f (1a), demper m (1b), domper m (1c)
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