tamper


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tam·per 1

 (tăm′pər)
v. tam·pered, tam·per·ing, tam·pers
v.intr.
1.
a. To interfere in a harmful or disruptive manner; meddle: was worried the editor would tamper with her text.
b. To make alterations or adjustments, especially secretly so as to subvert an intended purpose or function: tamper with a lock; discovered that the brakes had been tampered with.
c. To engage in improper or secret actions, as in an effort to influence an outcome: tamper with evidence; tamper with a jury.
2. To tinker rashly or foolishly: "The ability of chemists to create new drugs from natural compounds raises an old argument about whether human beings should tamper with nature" (Andrew Weil).
v.tr.
To alter improperly.

[Probably alteration of temper.]

tam′per·er n.

tamp·er 2

 (tăm′pər)
n.
A neutron reflector in an atomic bomb that also delays the expansion of the exploding material, making possible a longer-lasting, more energetic, and more efficient explosion.

tamper

(ˈtæmpə)
vb (intr)
1. (usually foll by with) to interfere or meddle
2. to use corrupt practices such as bribery or blackmail
3. (usually foll by with) to attempt to influence or corrupt, esp by bribery: to tamper with the jury.
[C16: alteration of temper (verb)]
ˈtamperer n

tamper

(ˈtæmpə)
n
1. a person or thing that tamps, esp an instrument for packing down tobacco in a pipe
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a casing around the core of a nuclear weapon to increase its efficiency by reflecting neutrons and delaying the expansion

tam•per

(ˈtæm pər)

v.i.
1. to meddle, esp. in order to alter or misuse (usu. fol. by with): to tamper with a lock.
2. to make changes, esp. in order to falsify (usu. fol. by with): to tamper with official records.
3. to engage secretly or improperly in something.
4. to engage in underhand dealings, esp. in order to influence improperly (usu. fol. by with): to tamper with a jury.
[1560–70; appar. dial. alter. of temper (v.)]
tam′per•er, n.

tamper

- First meant "to work in clay" or "temper in clay."
See also related terms for temper.

tamper


Past participle: tampered
Gerund: tampering

Imperative
tamper
tamper
Present
I tamper
you tamper
he/she/it tampers
we tamper
you tamper
they tamper
Preterite
I tampered
you tampered
he/she/it tampered
we tampered
you tampered
they tampered
Present Continuous
I am tampering
you are tampering
he/she/it is tampering
we are tampering
you are tampering
they are tampering
Present Perfect
I have tampered
you have tampered
he/she/it has tampered
we have tampered
you have tampered
they have tampered
Past Continuous
I was tampering
you were tampering
he/she/it was tampering
we were tampering
you were tampering
they were tampering
Past Perfect
I had tampered
you had tampered
he/she/it had tampered
we had tampered
you had tampered
they had tampered
Future
I will tamper
you will tamper
he/she/it will tamper
we will tamper
you will tamper
they will tamper
Future Perfect
I will have tampered
you will have tampered
he/she/it will have tampered
we will have tampered
you will have tampered
they will have tampered
Future Continuous
I will be tampering
you will be tampering
he/she/it will be tampering
we will be tampering
you will be tampering
they will be tampering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tampering
you have been tampering
he/she/it has been tampering
we have been tampering
you have been tampering
they have been tampering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tampering
you will have been tampering
he/she/it will have been tampering
we will have been tampering
you will have been tampering
they will have been tampering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tampering
you had been tampering
he/she/it had been tampering
we had been tampering
you had been tampering
they had been tampering
Conditional
I would tamper
you would tamper
he/she/it would tamper
we would tamper
you would tamper
they would tamper
Past Conditional
I would have tampered
you would have tampered
he/she/it would have tampered
we would have tampered
you would have tampered
they would have tampered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tamper - a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.)tamper - a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.)
stemmer - a miner's tamping bar for ramming packing in over a blasting charge
tool - an implement used in the practice of a vocation
Verb1.tamper - play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestlytamper - play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly; "Someone tampered with the documents on my desk"; "The reporter fiddle with the facts"
manipulate - hold something in one's hands and move it
2.tamper - intrude in other people's affairs or businesstamper - intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly; "Don't meddle in my affairs!"
intervene, step in, interfere, interpose - get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force; "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"

tamper

verb
1. To handle something idly, ignorantly, or destructively:
Informal: monkey.
2. To prearrange the outcome of (a contest) unlawfully:
Translations
يَعْبَث
hrabat seplést se
pille
kajotapeukaloidasormeilla
babrál vmivel
fikta/eiga viî
kišti nagus
aiztiktniekoties
pliesť sa
ellemekkurcalamakoynamak

tamper

[ˈtæmpəʳ] VI to tamper with (= interfere with) [+ machinery, brakes etc] → manipular; [+ lock] → tratar de forzar; (= alter) [+ papers, evidence] → falsificar; (= attempt to influence) [+ witness, jury] → sobornar; (= handle) → manosear
my car had been tampered withalgo se había hecho a mi coche

tamper

[ˈtæmpər] vi
to tamper with sth [+ computer, engine, machine, brakes, lock, food product] → trafiquer qch; [+ evidence, records, document] → maquiller qch
He claimed that his briefcase had been tampered with on the flight → Il a prétendu qu'on avait touché à sa mallette pendant le vol. tamper-prooftamper-proof [ˈtæmpərpruːf] adjinviolable

tamper

n (for soil etc) → Stampfer m; (for tobacco) → Stopfer m

tamper

[ˈtæmpəʳ] vi to tamper withmanomettere
someone had tampered with the brakes → qualcuno aveva manomesso i freni

tamper

(ˈtӕmpə) verb
to interfere or meddle usually in such a way as to damage, break, alter etc. Don't tamper with the engine.
References in classic literature ?
They tried speaking to him; but, he was so confused, and so very slow to answer, that they took fright at his bewilderment, and agreed for the time to tamper with him no more.
Baloo did not wish to bring Mowgli into any more trouble, but he could not tamper with the Law, so he mumbled: "Sorrow never stays punishment.
And does it strike you that it would be just and right if the El Toboso people, finding out that you were here with the intention of going to tamper with their princesses and trouble their ladies, were to come and cudgel your ribs, and not leave a whole bone in you?
This would be the more likely to take place, as the delinquencies of the larger members might be expected sometimes to proceed from an ambitious premeditation in their rulers, with a view to getting rid of all external control upon their designs of personal aggrandizement; the better to effect which it is presumable they would tamper beforehand with leading individuals in the adjacent States.
In the course of the day Lisa undertook to tamper with the faith of Pierre Dorion, and, inviting him on board of his boat, regaled him with his favorite whiskey.
How she valued her own life had been proved; but his--she had no right to tamper with it.
Yes, the keen air came through an empty keyhole; and my lamp, held close, not only showed that the door was locked, but that the lock was one with which an unskilled hand might tamper for hours without result.
Liza was in a bad tamper, for she was mixing the Christmas puddings in the kitchen, and had been drawn from them, with a raisin still on her cheek, by Nana's absurd suspicions.
SOCRATES: If they had been, there would assuredly have been discerners of characters among us who would have known our future great men; and on their showing we should have adopted them, and when we had got them, we should have kept them in the citadel out of the way of harm, and set a stamp upon them far rather than upon a piece of gold, in order that no one might tamper with them; and when they grew up they would have been useful to the state?
I don't believe the doctor has any business to tamper with the visitations of God.
It is neither generous, nor honourable, nor the act of a true man, sir,' retorted the other, 'to tamper with the affections of a weak, trusting girl, while you shrink, in your unworthiness, from her guardian and protector, and dare not meet the light of day.
It would be an ill return to tamper lightly, and without due consideration, with this young lady's affections.