To tamp is to push or pack down a loose or granular material. If you work as a barista, you'll learn to tamp espresso grounds before running hot water through them.

Before a road is paved or a patio is laid out, workers will tamp gravel to provide a sturdy, level base. Old-fashioned, muzzle-loading guns had to be filled with gunpowder, which the user would need to tamp firmly before firing. The tool used to do the tamping is sometimes also called a tamp.

Definitions of tamp
  1. verb
    press down tightly
    tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso”
    synonyms: pack, tamp down
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    type of:
    compact, compress, pack together
    make more compact by or as if by pressing
  2. noun
    a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.)
    synonyms: tamper, tamping bar
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    a miner's tamping bar for ramming packing in over a blasting charge
    type of:
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  3. verb
    keep under control; keep in check
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