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damp down

1. To moisten something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "damp" and "down." I have to damp down my hair before combing it, or else it just sticks straight up.
2. To make a fire or flame less intense. A noun or pronoun can be used between "damp" and "down." The room's getting too hot now, so damp down the fire.
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damp off

To die after overexposure to water. Typically used in reference to plants and seeds. I'm worried that days of torrential rain will cause the flowers I just planted to damp off.
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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

mainly BRITISH
COMMON A damp squib is something which is much less impressive or exciting than it was expected to be. As a rebellion, it was something of a damp squib. The whole campaign turned out to be a damp squib. Note: A squib is a small firework. A damp squib would not go off properly, and so it would be a disappointment.
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a damp squib

an unsuccessful attempt to impress; an anticlimax.
This expression stems from the idea that a squib, a type of small firework, will not have the desired explosive effect if it is damp.
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a damp ˈsquib

(British English, informal) an event, experience, etc. that is expected to be interesting or exciting, but is in fact boring or ordinary: In the end, the party turned out to be rather a damp squib.
A squib is a type of small firework. If it is damp, it will not burn properly.
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References in periodicals archive ?
The flutter loads [P.sup.*.sub.fl_d] of the damped system are calculated when [eta] transits from negative to positive values with the oscillatory part [omega] being nonzero.
FE Formulation of Damped and Shear-Flexible Beck Column
Finally, the flutter load [P.sup.*.sub.fl_d] of the damped flutter system is determined by adding the damping forces to (22) and solving the quadratic eigenproblem:
Here, the damped flutter loads of Beck's columns corresponding to Cases 1, 2, and 3 are denoted by [P.sup.*.sub.fl_d1] for [xi] = 0.02, [P.sup.*.sub.fl_d2] for [xi] = 0.001, and [P.sup.*.sub.fl_d3] for [xi] = 0.02, respectively.
Table 3 shows how the damped flutter loads [P.sup.*.sub.fl_d] of shear-rigid Beck's columns vary for [alpha] = 1.0 as the two damping coefficients increase independently, where values in round brackets denote the damped flutter loads in the case of [alpha] = 0.5.
It should be noted that the damped flutter loads in the second, third, and fourth columns of Table 4 are evaluated based on the three damping conditions of taking [[gama].sup.*.sub.1] with [[gama].sup.*.sub.2] being set as zero, [[gama].sup.*.sub.2] with [[gama].sup.*.sub.1] being set as zero, and both [[gama].sup.*.sub.1] and [[gama].sup.*.sub.2] from two coefficients [[gama].sup.*.sub.1], [[gama].sup.*.sub.2] calculated for [xi] ranging from 0.01 to 100%.
To assess the accuracy of our equivalent damped equation of motion (24), let us consider the case for which D = 1, [[lambda].sub.1] = 1, [[lambda].sub.2] = -1, and v = 0.1.
We next derive the equivalent equation of motion of a Duffing oscillator with linear and cubic damped terms.
The Duffing Equation with Linear and Cubic Damped Terms
with linear and cubic damped terms is used to model the dynamical responses of several engineering applications such as the nanomechanical dynamical response of a doubly clamped beam [24], the nonlinear rolling motion of a ship in random beam seas [25], the modeling of nonlinear elastomeric vibration isolators [1], and the generalized damped general pendulum equation [26], among others.
Trueba and coworkers in [26] used the Melnikov analysis to write the forced version of (26) as the damped Duffing equation
(1) The free damped motion of SDOF systems with fractional derivative damping is firstly studied.
Torvik, "Fractional calculus in the transient analysis of viscoelastically damped structures," AIAA Journal, vol.
O'Kelly, "Classical normal modes in damped linear dynamic systems," Journal of Applied Mechanics, vol.
Caption: FIGURE 3: The curves of free damped motion of critical damping system with different orders.