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Damp Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    damp adj : slightly wet; "clothes damp with perspiration"; "a moist breeze"; "eyes moist with tears" [syn: dampish, moist] n : a slight wetness [syn: dampness, moistness] v
  1. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping [syn: muffle, mute, dull, dampen, tone down]
  2. restrain or discourage; "the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"
  3. make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message" [syn: dampen, deaden]
  4. lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall" [syn: dampen, soften, weaken, break]
Damp Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Damp \Damp\, a. [Compar. Damper; superl. Dampest.]
  1. Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist; humid. O'erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear. --Dryden.
  2. Dejected; depressed; sunk. [R.] All these and more came flocking, but with looks Downcast and damp. --Milton.
Damp Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Damp \Damp\ (d[a^]mp), n. [Akin to LG., D., & Dan. damp vapor, steam, fog, G. dampf, Icel. dampi, Sw. damb dust, and to MNG. dimpfen to smoke, imp. dampf.]
  1. Moisture; humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor. Night . . . with black air Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom. --Milton.
  2. Dejection; depression; cloud of the mind. Even now, while thus I stand blest in thy presence, A secret damp of grief comes o'er my soul. --Addison. It must have thrown a damp over your autumn excursion. --J. D. Forbes.
  3. (Mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pints, etc. Choke damp, a damp consisting principally of carbonic acid gas; -- so called from its extinguishing flame and animal 220 catflap.bishopston.net dictd 1.11.2/rf on FreeBSD 8.1-STABLE <125693.43348.1289883242@catflap.bishopston.net>
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Damp'

Moisture generally refers to the presence of water, often in trace amounts.

Control of moisture in products can be a vital part of the process of the product. There is a substantial amount of moisture in what seems to be dry matter. Ranging in products from cornflake cereals to washing powders, moisture can play an important role in the final quality of the product. There are two main aspects of concern in moisture control in products: allowing too much moisture or too little of it. Both can have advantages and disadvantages, so processing industries come up with the ideal moisture content for their product. This is because if you take the case of cornflake cereals, which is sold by weight, then the more moisture or water you add the less corn you have to pack into a box of cornflake cereals, the more boxes you can sale, because a substantial part of the weight is filled up by water. But then you risk your product being of low quality since you will affect the "crunchiness" and the freshness of your product since you have created optimum conditions for bacteria to live in: a source of carbohydrates to draw energy from and water vital to life. Nevertheless adding too little moisture will mean your product is very dry and so weight decreases, and you have to make up the rest of the final box of cereals with more cornflakes. This seems like too much hassle when you think of only 500 grams of cereal, adding some more cornflakes will seem like it will not affect the producer. But when you produce thousands of kilos of cornflakes, then you realise that you could either be selling the same amount of cornflake boxes at a cheaper production price, since you will use less corn, or you could, otherwise, increase your production.

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* Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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  • Russian Apple Ban Uproots Poland’s Corporate Haven Status
    The sanctions will damp Poland’s economic growth by 0.6 percentage point in 2014, Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski told newspaper Rzeczpospolita on Aug. 1. Read more on this news related to 'Damp'
  • Windies, Bangladesh T20 clash abandoned due to bad weather
    Basseterre (Saint Kitts and Nevis) (AFP) - Heavy rain and a damp pitch forced the abandonment of the one-off Twenty20 international between the West Indies and Bangladesh at Warner Park in St Kitts. Read more on this news related to 'Damp'
  • Motor racing-Bottas fastest in final Spa practice
    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas ended Mercedes' run of fastest laps with the top time for Williams in a damp final Belgian Grand Prix practice on Saturday. The Finn clocked a time of one minute 49.465 seconds, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo second and 0.268 slower for champions Red Bull. Mercedes had finished one-two in the pre Read more on this news related to 'Damp'

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