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{n: dampener, moistener} a device that dampens or moistens something
"he used a dampener to moisten the shirts before he ironed them"

{n: moistening, dampening} the act of making something slightly wet

{n: pin curl} a curl of hair made by dampening a strand of hair and curling it and holding the curl with a clip or bobby pin

{v: dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break} lessen in force or effect
"soften a shock"
"break a fall"

{v: dampen, deaden, damp} make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
"muffle the message"

{v: dampen} check ; keep in check (a fire)

{v: dampen} reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)

{v: moisten, wash, dampen} make moist
"The dew moistened the meadows"

{v: muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down} deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

{v: stifle, dampen} smother or suppress
"Stifle your curiosity"
<-> stimulate


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