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Definition of tamp verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tamp

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//tæmp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tæmp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tamp
BrE BrE//tæmp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tæmp//
 
he / she / it tamps
BrE BrE//tæmps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tæmps//
 
past simple tamped
BrE BrE//tæmpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tæmpt//
 
past participle tamped
BrE BrE//tæmpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tæmpt//
 
-ing form tamping
BrE BrE//ˈtæmpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæmpɪŋ//
 
 
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tamp something (down) to press something down firmly, especially into a closed space He tamped down the tobacco in his pipe with his thumb. Word Origin early 19th cent.: probably a back-formation from tampin (interpreted as ‘tamping’), variant of tampion.
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