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damp squib

Someone or something that disappoints or does not meet expectations. The film got a lot of hype, but I thought it was a bit of a damp squib.
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damp off

[for seedlings] to die from too much water. All the new plants damped off, and we had to buy some from the nursery. The little seedlings damped off and withered away.
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damp something down

 
1. Lit. to make something damp. Damp the clothes down before you iron them, Please damp down the clothes first.
2. Fig. to reduce the intensity of a flame, usually by cutting down on the air supply, as with a damper. Please damp the woodstove down. Damp down the air supply or you are going to end up with a raging inferno.
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a damp squib

  (British & Australian)
an event which people think will be exciting but which is disappointing when it happens
Usage notes: A squib is a type of firework (= a small container filled with chemicals which explodes to produce bright lights and loud noises) and if it becomes wet, it will not explode.
The party turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. Half the people who'd been invited didn't turn up.
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Since the inherent damping in structural metals is very low, it is necessary to increase the damping of structures made from these materials by the use of appropriately designed damping systems.
Using equation (2), coefficient of viscous damping [kappa], in case of considered vibration of buckled beam, could be calculated as
Bi-State Real Time Damping -- designed for up-level sport-utility vehicles as well as passenger car platforms, Bi-State Real Time Damping is a semi- active, two position monotube damping control system that automatically responds in real time to road and driving conditions based upon sensors that monitor vehicle motion and driver input.
MagneRide adjusts the damping force at each corner of the vehicle in reaction to inputs from the road.
Alexandridis, who led the MagneRide development team, said the system revolutionizes Continuously Variable Real Time Damping (CVRTD) suspension technology through use of innovative, Delphi-developed Magneto-rheological (MR) fluid and valve-less, monotube struts and shock absorbers.
Very light damping greases are used, for example, to control the feel and sound of the "return" key on a computer keyboard; very heavy damping greases would serve the same function in an automotive suspension system.
The results of these experiments, bending storage modulus (E') and damping (tan delta), as functions of temperature, are shown in figure 5.
Further temperature-dependent measurements and characterization of films doped with different rare earths indicate that the increased damping is due to local lattice distortions at the rare-earth sites due to anisotropic orbitals that are strongly coupled to the film magnetization.
ADL's recently established Center for Acoustical Technology is also actively involved in technology development for Lodengraf(TM) damping, including the creation of new formulations for materials that will have interesting and novel properties.
Keywords: Novel hard segment/soft segment thermoplastic elastomers having high damping characteristics.
The Smart Shock provides a radical performance improvement over conventional manually-adjusted shocks in which the rider pre-sets the comprehension damping level between "soft" and "hard.
Dynamic mechanical analysis products from the company are said to offer unsurpassed measurement of modulus and damping (tan delta) over broad temperatures, frequencies and environments.
Building on the award-winning piezoelectric damping technology that made K2 the top selling alpine ski brand in the United States this year, K2 has developed a patented bike shock that brings a new generation of "smart" suspension technology to mountain biking.
Typical applications include sealants and adhesives, sound deadening and vibration damping, polymer modification and membranes.
Miller Assigned: Lord Keywords: For damping movement such as motion in an aircraft landing gear