"dampening" in the noun sense
1. moistening, dampening
the act of making something slightly wet
"dampening" in the verb sense
1. stifle, dampen
suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity
"Stifle your curiosity"
2. moisten, wash, dampen
"The dew moistened the meadows"
3. muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down
deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
5. dampen, deaden, damp
make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
"muffle the message"
check keep in check (a fire)
7. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break
lessen in force or effect
"soften a shock"
"break a fall"
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