Definition of damper noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdæmpə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæmpər//
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  1. 1a piece of metal that can be moved to allow more or less air into a fire so that the fire burns more or less strongly
  2. 2 a device in a piano that is used to reduce the level of the sound produced
  3. Idioms
    put a damper on something (British English also put a dampener on something)
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    (informal) to make something less enjoyable, successful, etc. Rain put a bit of a damper on the event. Recession in the early nineties put a damper on growth.
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