2 : to make dull or less active <A bad start didn't dampen
In addition to holding cutting tools, toolholders dampen
vibration, which can occur during machining, protecting the machine spindle, reducing chipping of the cutting edge, and increasing tool life.
The question Thursday was whether the rain would dampen
this weekend's Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival.
When a factory closes, when farmers are told to change crops and learn anew, when comfort is banished and replaced by competition, it can dampen
a country's will.
Heavy curtains can be drawn to dampen
acoustics for amplified music, speech, and movies.
The pores, created by using stones of similar size in the asphalt mix, are thought to dampen
the hiss of the pumped air and to impair the acoustic reflectivity of the road surface.
Agents that dampen
the protein's activity could be treatments for drug overdoses, they say.
EXPERTS'' are warning us that testing children too young can dampen
their enthusiasm for a subject -in this case, science.
Isadore and Lili may have dampened
the city, but they couldn't dampen
spirits at the international event.
We should not dampen
their commitment and enthusiasm.
Furthermore, e-business automation and self-service dampen
the need for these workers in brick-and-mortar activities.
It will help dampen
inflation for years, because wage levels in the emerging nations are substantially below those in industrial countries.
Acting to dampen
overall growth in 1993 will be the continuing shift of resources from defense to nondefense industries.
But fire service officials hope predicted rainfall over the next few days will dampen
I don't want to dampen
expectations and dampen
the mood," he said.