damper: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (dam'pur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that damps or depresses: His glum mood put a damper on their party.
  2. a movable plate for regulating the draft in a stove, furnace, etc.
    1. a device in stringed keyboard instruments to deaden the vibration of the strings.
    2. the mute of a brass instrument, as a horn.
  3. an attachment to keep the indicator of a measuring instrument from oscillating excessively, as a set of vanes in a fluid or a short-circuited winding in a magnetic field.
  4. a shock absorber.
    1. a round, flat cake made of flour and water, and cooked over a campfire.
    2. the dough for such cakes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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