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  1. (noun) One that deadens, restrains, or depresses: Rain put a damper on our picnic plans.
  2. (noun) An adjustable plate, as in the flue of a furnace or stove, for controlling the draft.
  3. (noun) Music A device in various keyboard instruments for deadening the vibrations of the strings.
  4. (noun) Music A mute for various brass instruments.
  5. (noun) A device that eliminates or progressively diminishes vibrations or oscillations, as of a magnetic needle.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Either way, their predicament could put a long-term damper on the consumer spending that typically drives U.S. growth. - Another Threat to Economy: Boomers Cutting Back
  2. This excursion taught us how expectations that are not realized can put a certain damper on the tone of a trip. - Playa Azul & Caleta de Campos
  3. A balancing damper is a type of valve for the air that can be partially closed or opened. - It is very hot lakeside
  4. There was -- as you rightly pointed out, in first quarter last year, the big price increase is driven in part by taxes from the government, et cetera, and that did put a short-term damper on it. -
  5. But the disaster is not expected to put a long-term damper on the vaunted "special relationship" between the United States and Britain -- at least as long as a new cap on the well holds and the cleanup goes well. - Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion


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