Main definitions of amp in English

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amp1

noun

  • short for ampere
    • ‘A single lightning stroke can deliver a billion electron volts and 100,000 amps.’
    • ‘Lightening is a discharge of static electricity that ‘contains’ millions of volts of potential difference and many thousands of amps of electrical current.’
    • ‘The standard formula is volts times amps equals watts.’
    • ‘Before I knew it, I forgot about everything else as I got lost in the world of volts, amps, and ohms.’
    • ‘Polishing machines require high voltages and amps.’

Pronunciation:

amp

/amp/

Main definitions of amp in English

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amp2

noun

informal
  • short for amplifier
    • ‘Then he just started shouting with it into a microphone and nearly blew all the amps.’
    • ‘Audio is muted until the amp has stabilized, so you'll hear no pops or thumps during power up.’
    • ‘For example, a subwoofer amp can take the load off the rest of your system will providing massively deep bass sounds.’
    • ‘We'd moved some chairs into the corner so we could fit the drum set, our guitars, amps, and mics.’
    • ‘Instead of recording into and manipulating sounds on computer, the group ran them through vintage amps and old gramophone speakers, thereby giving the recording a natural depth and warmth.’
    • ‘This occurs in guitar amps when the amplified signal is picked up by the sound source, forming a loop (you'll have heard this live and on records as a loud whining sound).’
    • ‘But if I had to travel on the bus, I'd take my little practice amp and mic it up through the PA, which actually gave a really good sound.’
    • ‘Most amps have a radio tuner built in, giving them that added functionality.’
    • ‘Things really get fun when you start experimenting with a microphone in front of the amp.’
    • ‘I remembered that the viola and the guitar went through the same amp, and sure enough, the microphone was going through one of the guitar amps.’
    • ‘You can record with a smaller amp - the mic can pick up a wider range of frequency.’
    • ‘Cut your hole using the same method you cut out the hole for the subwoofer amp.’
    • ‘Being pulled in and out of a live amp their recordings achieve similar results to.’
    • ‘Speaking of electric guitar amps, what mics do you rely on for them?’
    • ‘It was more like an extension to Pat's bedroom, with a drum kit, spare computer, a few amps and our sound deck, a punching bag, and a sofa.’
    • ‘We went to the back of Jem's trunk and helped unload the amps and guitars and mics and other supplies.’
    • ‘The songs came fast and mostly furious, delivered with a tangible urgency, as if they're worried that their mics and amps would be shut off at any moment.’
    • ‘I'm the only one with the garage, drums, amps and microphones.’
    • ‘If the other amps don't respond, you have to tweak them or have them tweak themselves.’
    • ‘There are far too many rock bands that mistake an increase in volume for an increase in emotion, as though cranking up the amps and letting the distortion rip will bludgeon us into seeing just how honest they really are.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1often amp something upPlay (music) through electric amplification:

    ‘their willingness to amp up traditional songs virtually began the folk-rock genre’
    • ‘The 15-song set is mostly average-to-very good, the sound of your favorite bar band amped up to ear-ripping levels & making quick stabs at the hot new punk rock sound.’
    • ‘The monaural soundtrack is intact, and no mixing has been done to amp it up any.’
    • ‘Armed with flowing harmonica, bass lines and gentle drum beats, and amping it up with a bluesy/roots feel, there really isn't a lot to fault in this guy's work.’
    • ‘Her guitar is now amped up and she fronts a sizzling band with a pair of electric guitars, a throbbing amplified bass, drums and a girl singer.’
    • ‘Someone borrows a cheap Casio keyboard and amps it up to a ghetto blaster.’
  • 2North American as adjective amped" or "amped upFull of nervous energy, especially through taking amphetamines or similar drugs:

    ‘I've got all this manic energy. I feel amped’
    • ‘This is the last practice then we have shootaround tomorrow so everybody is really amped up for it.’
    • ‘I was a little amped up because it has been a while since I've played and a while since we had that kind of atmosphere.’
    • ‘Everyone seemed to be amped up flying through the night, glad to be on the bikes for sure.’
    • ‘One of his problems as a player is an abundance of expendable energy that he only knows how to use while on the basketball court - he's ‘too amped up,’ as he describes it.’
    • ‘When you're amped up that much, waiting for any sign of amber to mash the throttle, sometimes your brain says it's time to go and your right foot goes down.’
    • ‘Everyone was still amped up and the dudes were skating a local seven-stair rail by 10: 30 am.’
    • ‘The audio, which hijacks your cardiac tempo as only ominous electronica amped up in the dark can do, mixes recordings of two timepieces of erstwhile global authority.’
    • ‘Well, it was kind of like if Nicole, who is like a jumping bean amped up on java, had a twin who was ten times more hyper than she is, and then I had to deal with both of them.’
    • ‘His movement catches the eye of a 22-year old woman, one of an amped up bunch - all the same height - who have come into the city to go clubbing.’
    • ‘It was a sold-out all-ages show, and the mainroom floor was swarming with post-pop kids who were amped up on the prospect of the umpteenth revival of raw rock 'n' roll.’
    • ‘It must be truly awesome playing in front of the Indian fans, they get so amped up, it was such great fun just watching their reactions.’
    • ‘But it serves his purpose though, which is to get people riled up, freaked out, amped up on adrenaline to fight tribal wars, which is the foundation of his whole presidency.’
    • ‘If anything, he was amped up on cappuccino most of the time.’
    • ‘These are interesting, although unless you're amped up on powerful drugs, they'll soon grow boring.’
    • ‘It must be hellish for people who care about the teams on a personal level, because no matter how good your school's team is, they have to win six games in a row against the best teams in the country, amped up to play you.’
    • ‘Railing the final descent at high speed I'm amped up and take the crowd's advice and drive the Surly right into the reservoir for a cool down.’
    • ‘That's whether you win or lose - everybody gets that - so I was all amped up for that, like, ‘All right!’’

Pronunciation:

amp

/amp/

Main definitions of amp in English

: amp1amp2

AMP

Biochemistry
  • Adenosine monophosphate.

Pronunciation:

AMP

/amp/