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damper Tweet Definition of damper Like Definition of damper on Facebook
  1. 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 at the modest little festivities. - W. Black
    1. 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.
  1. (comparative of, damp)
DC Tweet Definition of DC Like Definition of DC on Facebook
  1. (geography) District of Columbia (US federal district)
  1. District Court
  2. (electrical) direct current
  3. (degree) Doctor of Chiropractic
  4. (finance) debit card
delta connection Tweet Definition of delta connection Like Definition of delta connection on Facebook
  1. (electical) a type of three-phase connection
demagnetize Tweet Definition of demagnetize Like Definition of demagnetize on Facebook
verb (demagnetiz, ing)
  1. To make something nonmagnetic by removing its magnetic properties.
  2. To erase the contents of a magnetic storage device.
dielectric Tweet Definition of dielectric Like Definition of dielectric on Facebook
  1. (physics) an electrical insulator; an insulator or nonconductor
dimmer Tweet Definition of dimmer Like Definition of dimmer on Facebook
  1. A rheostat that is used to vary the intensity of a domestic electric light
  2. A switch used to select between the low and high headlamp beam on a road vehicle. (usu. as "dimmer switch", primarily in North America; elsewhere "dipswitch" or "dipper switch")
  1. (comparative of, dim)
dipole moment Tweet Definition of dipole moment Like Definition of dipole moment on Facebook
  1. the vector product of the charge on either pole of a dipole and the distance separating them
direct Tweet Definition of direct Like Definition of direct on Facebook
  1. To manage, control, steer.
  2. To aim at.
They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.
He directed his question to the room in general.
  1. Straight, constant, without interruption.
direct current Tweet Definition of direct current Like Definition of direct current on Facebook
noun (abbreviated as DC)
  1. an electric current in which the electrons flow in one direction
discharge Tweet Definition of discharge Like Definition of discharge on Facebook
  1. (symptom) (uncountable) pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology
  2. the act of accomplishing (an obligation)
  3. the act of expelling or letting go
  4. (electricity) the act of releasing an accumulated charge
  5. (medicine) the act of releasing an inpatient from hospital
  6. (military) the act of releasing a member of the armed forces from service
  7. (hydrology) the discharge of a river is the volume of water transported by it in a certain amount of time, usually in units of m3/s (cubic meters per second)
verb (discharg, ing)
  1. to accomplish or complete, as an obligation
  2. to expel or let go
  3. (electricity) to release (an accumulated charge)
  4. (medicine) to release (an inpatient) from hospital
  5. (military) to release (a member of the armed forces) from service
  6. to operate (any weapon that fires a projectile, such as a shotgun or sling)
displacement Tweet Definition of displacement Like Definition of displacement on Facebook
noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
  1. The act of displace, displacing, or the state of being displaced; a putting out of place.
"Unnecessary of funds." -A. Hamilton.
"The of the sun by parallax." -Whewell.
  1. The quantity of anything, as water, displaced by a floating body, as by a ship, the weight of the displaced liquid being equal to that of the displacing body.
  2. (chemistry) The process of extracting soluble substances from organic material and the like, whereby a quantity of saturated solvent is displaced, or removed, for another quantity of the solvent.
  3. (fencing) Moving the target to avoid an attack; dodge, dodging.
  4. (physics) A vector quantity which denotes distance with a directional component.
duct Tweet Definition of duct Like Definition of duct on Facebook
  1. a pipe, tube or canal which carries air or liquid from one place to another, as in heating and air-conditioning ducts.
dynamo Tweet Definition of dynamo Like Definition of dynamo on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Dynamo)
  1. A dynamo-electric machine
  2. An energetic person
That new Vice President of Marketing is a real ; sales have already gone up this quarter.

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