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Dampen Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    dampen v
  1. smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity" [syn: stifle] [ant: stimulate]
  2. make moist; "The dew moistened the meadows" [syn: moisten, wash]
  3. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping [syn: muffle, mute, dull, damp, tone down]
  4. reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
  5. make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message" [syn: deaden, damp]
  6. check; keep in check (a fire)
  7. lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall" [syn: damp, soften, weaken, break]
Dampen Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Dampen \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.
Dampen Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Dampen \Damp"en\, v. i. To become damp; to deaden. --Byron.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Dampen'

In physics, damping is any effect that tends to reduce the amplitude of oscillations in an oscillatory system, particularly the harmonic oscillator.

In mechanics, friction is one such damping effect. For many purposes the frictional force Ff can be modeled as being proportional to the velocity v of the object:

where c is the viscous damping coefficient, given in units of Newton-seconds per meter.

Generally, damped harmonic oscillators satisfy the second-order differential equation:

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