Damper vs Dampener - What's the difference?

damper | dampener |


As nouns the difference between damper and dampener

is that damper is something that damps or checks: while dampener is a device that moistens or dampens something.

As an adjective damper

is (damp).

damper

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • Something that damps or checks:
  • # A valve or movable plate in the flue or other part of a stove, furnace, etc., used to check or regulate the draught of air.
  • # A contrivance (sordine), as in a pianoforte, to deaden vibrations; or, as in other pieces of mechanism, to check some action at a particular time.
  • # Something that kills the mood.
  • #* (rfdate) W. Black
  • Nor did Sabrina?s presence seem to act as any damper at the modest little festivities.
  • # A device that decreases the oscillations of a system.
  • (chiefly, Australia) Bread made from a basic recipe of flour, water, milk, and salt, but without yeast.
  • * 1827, , Two Years in New South Wales'', ii.190, quoted in G. A. Wilkes, ''A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms , 1978, ISBN 0-424-00034-2,
  • The farm-men usually bake their flour into flat cakes, which they call dampers , and cook these in the ashes.
  • * (Rudyard Kipling), His Gift
  • Adjective

    (head)
  • (damp)
  • Anagrams

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    dampener

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A device that moistens or dampens something.
  • (figurative) A discouraging event or remark.