Describing a very dry climate. Typically defined as less than 25 cm or 10 inches of rainfall annually.
Devoid of value.
* 1956 — , The City and the Stars , p 37
*: Such occupations might have seemed arid to those who did not possess the intellect to appreciate their subtleties.
Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist.
:* O'erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear -
- The lawn was still damp so we decided not to sit down.
(obsolete) Pertaining to or affected by noxious vapours; dejected, stupified.
* 1667 , John Milton, Paradise Lost , Book 1, ll. 522-3:
- The paint is still damp , so please don't touch it.
- All these and more came flocking; but with looks / Down cast and damp .
Moisture; humidity; dampness.
(archaic) Fog; fogginess; vapor.
(archaic) Dejection or depression.
* Joseph Addison
- Night with black air / Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom.
* J. D. Forbes
- Even now, while thus I stand blest in thy presence, / A secret damp of grief comes o'er my soul.
(archaic, or, historical, mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc.
- It must have thrown a damp over your autumn excursion.
* damp sheet
(archaic) To dampen; to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; as, to damp cloth.
(archaic) To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage.
To suppress vibrations (mechanical) or oscillations (electrical) by converting energy to heat (or some other form of energy).
:* To damp your tender hopes -
:* Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug -
:* How many a day has been damped and darkened by an angry word! -
:* The failure of his enterprise damped the spirit of the soldiers. -
:* Hollow rollers damp vibration. - [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb3238/is_200004/ai_n7935204]