Definition of tamping :
1. of Tamp
2. The act of one who tamps; specifically, the act of filling up a hole in a rock, or the branch of a mine, for the purpose of blasting the rock or exploding the mine.
3. The material used in tamping. See Tamp, v. t., 1.
- As the filling is nearly completed, with the fore feet and jaws the surrounding earth is scraped for material, which she immediately proceeds to pack by a rhythmic tamping motion of the tail, until, at the end of five minutes, perhaps, the ground- level is finally reached, the surface smoothed, and no sign remains to mark the grave of the stupefied spider victim. - "My Studio Neighbors", William Hamilton Gibson.
- I'd scratched dances with a duke or two myself, in my time, even though I could already see myself once more wielding a kitchen- mop and tamping a pail against a hog- trough, over at the Harris Ranch. - "The Prairie Mother", Arthur Stringer.
- It must have been the tamping that was at the bottom of the trouble, for moss and damp earth are hardly solid enough to deflect the kick of the dynamite in the desired direction. - "Down the Columbia", Lewis R. Freeman.