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  1. Deficits in Attention, Motor coordination and Perception.

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  1. (archaic, uncountable) Moisture; humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor.
  • Night . . . with black air Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom. - Milton
    1. (archaic) Dejection; depression; cloud of the mind.
  • Even now, while thus I stand blest in thy presence, A secret of grief comes o'er my soul. - Addison
  • It must have thrown a over your autumn excursion. - J. D. Forbes
    1. (archaic, mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc.
  • verb (transitive)
    1. (archaic) To dampen; to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; as, to damp cloth.
    2. (archaic) To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage.
    3. (archaic) To suppress vibrations (mechanical) or oscillations (electrical) by converting energy to heat (or some other form of energy).
    • To your tender hopes - Akenside
  • Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug - Bacon
  • How many a day has been damped and darkened by an angry word! - Sir J. Lubbock
  • The failure of his enterprise damped the spirit of the soldiers. - Macaulay
  • adjective (damper, dampest)
    1. Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist.
    • O'erspread with a sweat and holy fear - Dryden
      1. (obsolete) Pertaining to or affected by noxious vapours; dejected, stupified.
  • 1667, All these and more came flocking; but with looks / Down cast and - John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 522-3
  • Etymology: Akin to Low German, Dutch, and Danish damp vapor, steam, fog, German Dampf, Icelandic dampi, Swedish damb dust, and to Modern New German dimpfen to smoke, imperative dampf. Also Old English dampen to choke, suffocate.

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