damp

Something that's damp is slightly wet or soggy. If your shoes are damp when you enter your friend's white-carpeted house, you should probably take them off.

Damp things are moist. Your lawn might be damp with dew in the morning, and if it's supposed to rain lightly, the weather report might include the word damp. Sometimes damp is a noun, as when your grandmother warns, "Don't go out in the damp without your umbrella!" To damp is to hold back, make soft, or restrain: "Use your hand to damp the sound of the cymbal after you hit it with the drumstick."

Definitions of damp
  1. adjective
    slightly wet
    “clothes damp with perspiration”
    synonyms: dampish, moist
    wet
    covered or soaked with a liquid such as water
  2. noun
    a slight wetness
    synonyms: dampness, moistness
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    types:
    clamminess, dankness
    unpleasant wetness
    rawness
    a chilly dampness
    type of:
    wetness
    the condition of containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
  3. verb
    lessen in force or effect
    synonyms: break, dampen, dilute, soften, weaken
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    types:
    deafen
    make soundproof
    dampen, deaden
    make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
    type of:
    blunt, deaden
    make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation
  4. verb
    restrain or discourage
    “the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere”
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    type of:
    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  5. verb
    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
    synonyms: dampen, dull, muffle, mute, tone down
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    type of:
    soften
    make (images or sounds) soft or softer
  6. verb
    make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
    synonyms: dampen, deaden
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    type of:
    break, dampen, dilute, soften, weaken
    lessen in force or effect
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