Etymology
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tamp (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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Definitions of tamp
1
tamp (v.)
press down tightly;
tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso
Synonyms: tamp down / pack
2
tamp (n.)
a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.);
Synonyms: tamper / tamping bar
From wordnet.princeton.edu