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]
- Spanish: apisonar
- The end, or end piece, of a rope
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.
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