damper damper  /ˈdæm pər/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a movable iron plate that regulates the draft in a stove or chimney or furnace
  2. (n) a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations
  3. (n) a depressing restraint

Usage(s):

  1. While the Western allies were still congratulating themselves on an important measure of progress toward a democratically ordered Europe, the damper came.
  2. After a soft October and November, in which unseasonably warm weather put a damper on shopping, big retailers pulled out all the stops for Black Friday with their 5 a.
  3. The Atacama's hotter summer is seen by some as a symptom of global warming, which may force the flamingos to flee to higher, cooler and damper nesting grounds.

News

  1. Top Moments: True Blood's Bill Problem and the Mad Men Mystery — Revealed!

    Our top moments of the week: 11. Pardon the Interruption Award: When Blythe Ballard (Frances Conroy), Hank and Evan's rich neighbor, moves to shut down HankMed on Royal Pains, Evan tries to save the company by staging a fancy open house to win over the 'hood. But Blythe puts a damper on the affair with talk of injured, sickly patients traipsing all over the pricey property. Evan tries to refute ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: TV Guide

  2. Rain slows down business for a James River rafting shop

    The rain we've had over the past few weeks is putting a damper on business at the James River Reeling and Rafting Office.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: WDBJ 7 Roanoke

  3. The 7 Best Weekend Getaways From San Francisco

    Summer can be a drag in San Francisco, where the June Gloom often puts a damper on one's mood well into July and August. Luckily, sunnier and less windy weather is usually just a short drive away in any direction. Here are seven of our favorite getaway spots, we know you'll have your own to share in the comments. [ more › ]
    on June 20, 2013     Source: SFist

Quotes

  1. "He will be placed in a boot," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after a 4-1 victory at Kansas City. "We'll know more of a time scale when he sees our doctors, but it's not a good situation. It kind of puts a damper on things. I know how much...
    on Aug 8, 2008 By: Ron Gardenhire Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Not having really any protection behind Vlady with GA going out with the eye injury, Kotchman going down and Matthews not playing in this series kind of put a little damper on the offensive situation," Weaver said.
    on Oct 8, 2007 By: Jered Weaver Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. "We didn't establish a forecheck early on," said Roy. "We came out a little better in the second period, but they got that goal and it put a damper on our game."
    on Nov 7, 2009 By: Derek Roy Source: USA Today

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