verb (used with object)

  1. to force in or down by repeated, rather light, strokes: He tamped the tobacco in his pipe.
  2. (in blasting) to fill (a drilled hole) with earth or the like after the charge has been inserted.

verb (tr)

  1. to force or pack down firmly by repeated blows
  2. to pack sand, earth, etc into (a drill hole) over an explosive

verb South Wales dialect

  1. (tr) to bounce (a ball)
  2. (intr usually foll by down) to pour with rain

v.1819, “to fill (a hole containing an explosive) with dirt or clay before blasting,” a workmen’s word, perhaps a back-formation from tampion, that word being mistaken as a present participle (*tamping).

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