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Definition of "tamper" []

  • To interfere in a harmful manner: tried to tamper with the decedent's will; tampering with the timing mechanism of the safe. (verb-intransitive)
  • To tinker with rashly or foolishly: Don't tamper with my feelings. (verb-intransitive)
  • To engage in improper or secret dealings, as in an effort to influence: tamper with a jury. See Synonyms at interfere. (verb-intransitive)
  • To alter improperly. (verb-transitive)
  • 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tamper" in a sentence
  • "With hardware you can create what we call a tamper-resistant security module."
  • "The tag tamper alarm is particularly useful in identifying when a label has been cut off a piece of apparel in a retail store changing room, or indicating when a tag has been removed from its original position for any simple seals for items such as containers or jewelry."
  • "In addition, the new chips offer a variety of industry-first features, including a tag tamper alarm, several privacy mode options, and password-protected data transfer or digital switch."