AskDefine | Define tamp

Dictionary Definition

tamp n : a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.) [syn: tamper, tamping bar] v : press down tightly; "tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso" [syn: tamp down, pack]

User Contributed Dictionary



Cf. F. tamponner to plug or stop. See tampion.


  1. In blasting, to plug up with clay, earth, dry sand, sod, or other material, as a hole bored in a rock, in order to prevent the force of the explosion from being misdirected.
  2. To drive in or pack down by frequent gentle strokes; as, to tamp earth so as to make a smooth place.


See also



tamp c ( pl tampar, def sing tampen, def pl tamparna)
  1. The end, or end piece, of a rope

Extensive Definition

A tamper is a device used to compact or flatten an aggregate, typically to make it resistant to further compression. Some examples are small, handheld tampers to compress ground coffee into a puck in the preparation of espresso, manual or powered tampers to compact gravel in the preparation of laying a concrete or brick patio or walkway so that the underlying gravel layer does not settle over time, and self-propelled, mechanised ballast tampers, which compact the ballast underneath rail tracks.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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