verb (imp. & p.p. tamped; p.pr. & vb.n. tamping.)
Etymology: Cf. F. tamponner to plug or stop. See tampion.
- In blasting, to plug up with clay, earth, dry sand, sod, or other material, as a hole bored in a rock, in order to prevent the force of the explosion from being misdirected.
- To drive in or pack down by frequent gentle strokes; as, to tamp earth so as to make a smooth place.
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