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v. tam·pered, tam·per·ing, tam·pers
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).
To alter improperly.
[Probably alteration of temper.]
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.
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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)]
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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.)]
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tamper- First meant "to work in clay" or "temper in clay."
See also related terms for temper.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: tampered
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|Noun||1.||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
|Verb||1.||tamper - 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 business; interfere unwantedly; "Don't meddle in my affairs!"|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
1. To handle something idly, ignorantly, or destructively:
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hrabat seplést se
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 with → algo se había hecho a mi coche
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
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] adj → inviolable
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
tamper[ˈtæmpəʳ] vi to tamper with → manomettere
someone had tampered with the brakes → qualcuno aveva manomesso i freni
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
to interfere or meddle usually in such a way as to damage, break, alter etc. Don't tamper with the engine. peuter يَعْبَث меся се mexer em plést se (do), hrabat se (v) herumpfuschen an pille ανακατεύομαι, σκαλίζωtocar; entrometerse, meterse surkima, käppima انگولک کردن sormeilla toucher à לְהִתעַסֵק हस्तक्षेप करना prtljati, pačati se babrál vmivel (és elront) mengganggu, mengusik fikta/eiga við immischiarsi 手出しする 손을 대다 liesti, kišti nagus aiztikt; niekoties mengubah knoeien tukle/fingre/klusse med majstrować, manipulować mexer em a pune mâna pe соваться; ковыряться pliesť sa (do), hrabať sa (v) vtikati se petljati fingra på, mixtra med ยุ่ง oynamak, kurcalamak, ellemek 損壞，玩弄 втручатися دست اندازي کرنا phá dỗi, quấy nhiễu 损坏，乱弄
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