Crossword clues for tamp
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tamp \Tamp\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tamped; p. pr. & vb. n. Tamping.] [Cf. F. tamponner to plug or stop. See Tampion.]
In blasting, to plug up with clay, earth, dry sand, sod, or other material, as a hole bored in a rock, in order to prevent the force of the explosion from being misdirected.
To drive in or down by frequent gentle strokes; as, to tamp earth so as to make a smooth place.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1819, "to fill (a hole containing an explosive) with dirt or clay before blasting," a workmen's word, perhaps a back-formation from tampion, that word being mistaken as a present participle (*tamping).
vb. 1 (context blasting English) to plug up with clay, earth, dry sand, sod, or other material, as a hole bored in a rock, in order to prevent the force of the explosion from being misdirected. 2 To drive in or pack down by frequent gentle strokes; as, to ''tamp'' earth so as to make a smooth place.
A tamp is a device used to compact or flatten an aggregate or another powdered or granular material, typically to make it resistant to further compression or simply to increase its density.
Usage examples of "tamp".
The man finished tamping, slipped his foot into a waiting boot, then lit the pipe with the anachronistic lighter in his left hand.
Each was tamped in with a round caulking tool of the size of the hole driven with a sledge hammer.
Nevermore would anybody of the Florilegium have to dig and heap up and tamp an earthern curb.
From assisting the carpenter in hewing the rafters, to advising the masons in laying a keystone, or with his own hands mixing the mortar and tamping the earth to give firm foundation to the cement floor, he was the directing spirit.
Finally, after tamping, away for a bit and puffing and relighting and tamping some more, he shoved the tobacco and matches and tamper back into a pocket and once again removed the watch, holding it up in front of himself as if checking the time.
This was another crucial part of the process: tamped too firmly, the flame could not pass through the charge and a misfire was inevitable, but not tamped firmly enough, and the black powder would burn without the power to hurl the heavy projectile clear of the barrel.
Florian and Canvasmaster Goesle and Crew Chief Banat and the dozen other Slovaks had driven the animals and wagons to the ungrassed athletic field in the park, and set up the chapiteau and the seats and tamped the ring curb.
I mean, sure, it knocked the stuff out of me, scared the soul out one ear and back in the other, hit my wind and tore my gut, broke the bones and shook the wits, but, but, but, wife, but, but, but, clear sweet Meg, Meggy, Megan, I wish you were here, it might tamp the tobacco tars out of your half-ass lungs and bray the mossy graveyard backbreaking meanness from your marrow.
Still, a handful of officers from different commands managed to tamp down ethnic tensions.
More workers were following behind the posthole digger, righting the poles in the ground and tamping them solid.
After two or three shows, with the horses and elephant pounding over them, the rogues will be well tamped down.
Pinks, blue gentian, and yellow stars bloomed on the grassy sward within the stones although whole stretches of ground consisted of dirt tamped down by a great weight now removed.
Its wolflike feet tamped down, and the muscles of its powerful haunch bunched in preparation for the spring.
Then, this time carefully tamping momentum back into the reservoirs where Lancelot could hold it stored, Michel dropped back onto the basalt surface.
Professor, tamping a great wad of chocolaty smelling tobacco into his pipe.