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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 ?
But I returned before daybreak and went to the rear of the house, purposing to enter by a door with which I had secretly so tampered that it would seem to lock, yet not actually fasten.
It was closed, but having tampered with its lock also, I easily entered and despite the black darkness soon stood by the side of her bed.
Who tampered with Yorkshire schoolmasters, and, while they sent the drudge out, that he shouldn't overhear, forgot that such great caution might render him suspicious, and that he might watch his master out at nights, and might set other eyes to watch the schoolmaster?
Then there was a dispute about who saw the dead boys last in life, and many claimed that dismal dis- tinction, and offered evidences, more or less tampered with by the witness; and when it was ultimately decided who DID see the departed last, and exchanged the last words with them, the lucky parties took upon them- selves a sort of sacred importance, and were gaped at and envied by all the rest.
She tampered with them, offered them money, and, in a word, tried all imaginable ways to prevent a prosecution; she offered one of the wenches #100 to go away from her mistress, and not to appear against me, but she was so resolute, that though she was but a servant maid at #3 a year wages or thereabouts, she refused it, and would have refused it, as my governess said she believed, if she had offered her #500.
And he may have tampered with the patient--he may have disobeyed my orders.
He had nearly fainted when we found that the papers had undoubtedly been tampered with.
that, unless the Indian student recognized the roll as being proofs, the man who tampered with them came upon them accidentally without knowing that they were there.
Either the sun was rising in the south, or the compass had been tampered with.
Washington has certainly shown signs of mistrust lately," he remarked, "but if communications from them are ever tampered with, it is more likely to be on their side than ours.
He had tampered with drugs and done many strange things in quest of new thrills, new sensations.
But will you tell me why my dressing-case has been opened, my clothes removed, and a pocket-book containing papers of great importance to me has been tampered with?