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Meaning of stamp by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English stampen ( “to pound, crush” ), from assumed Old English *stampian, variant of Old English stempan ( “to crush, pound, pound in mortar, stamp” ), from Proto-Germanic *stampijanan ( “to trample, beat” ), from Proto-Indo-European *stemb- ( “to trample down” ). Cognate with Dutch stampen ( “to stamp, pitch” ), German stampfen ( “to stamp” ), Danish stampe ( “to stamp” ), Swedish stampa ( “to stomp” ). See also stomp .


    • IPA: /stæmp/
    • Rhymes: -æmp


    stamp ( plural: stamps )

    The first U.S. stamp
    1. An act of stamping the foot, paw or hoof .
      The horse gave two quick stamps and rose up on its hind legs .
    2. An indentation or imprint made by stamping .
      My passport has quite a collection of stamps .
    3. A device for stamping designs .
      She loved to make designs with her collection of stamps .
    4. A small piece of paper bearing a design on one side and adhesive on the other .
      These stamps are purely decorative .
    5. A postage stamp .
      I need one first-class stamp to send this letter .
    6. ( slang, figuratively ) A tattoo
    7. ( slang ) A single dose of lysergic acid diethylamide

    Derived terms


    stamp ( third-person singular simple present stamps present participle stamping, simple past and past participle stamped )

    1. ( intransitive ) To step quickly and heavily, once or repeatedly .
      The toddler screamed and stamped, but still got no candy .
    2. ( transitive ) To move ( the foot or feet ) quickly and heavily, once or repeatedly .
      The crowd cheered and stamped their feet in appreciation .
    3. ( transitive ) To mark by pressing quickly and heavily .
      This machine stamps the metal cover with a design .
      This machine stamps the design into the metal cover .
    4. ( transitive ) To give an official marking to, generally by impressing or imprinting a design or symbol .
      The immigration officer stamped my passport .
    5. ( transitive ) To apply postage stamps to .
      I forgot to stamp this letter .
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Explanation of stamp by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot

    2. Stamp fascism into submission
      stamp out tyranny
    3. treat or classify according to a mental stereotype

    4. to mark, or produce an imprint in or on something

    5. a man whose name is permanently stamped on our maps
    6. affix a stamp to

    7. Are the letters properly stamped?
    8. raise in a relief

    9. crush or grind with a heavy instrument

    10. stamp fruit extract the juice
    11. form or cut out with a mold, form, or die

    12. stamp needles
    13. walk heavily

    14. reveal clearly as having a certain character

    15. His playing stamps him as a Romantic
    1. a device incised to make an impression

    2. a block or die used to imprint a mark or design

    3. machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores

    4. a small adhesive token stuck on a letter or package to indicate that that postal fees have been paid

    5. a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving

    6. he put his stamp on the envelope
    7. a small piece of adhesive paper that is put on an object to show that a government tax has been paid

    8. a type or class

    9. more men of his stamp are needed
    10. something that can be used as an official medium of payment

    11. the distinctive form in which a thing is made

    Definition of stamp by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Stamp ( stămp ) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stamped ( stămt ; 215 ); p. pr. & vb. n. Stamping.] [OE. stampen; akin to LG. & D. stampen, G. stampfen, OHG. stampfōn, Dan. stampe, Sw. stampa, Icel. stappa, G. stampf a pestle and E. step. See Step, v. i., and cf. Stampede.]
      1. To strike beat, or press forcibly with the bottom of the foot, or by thrusting the foot downward. Shak.

      He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground. Dryden.

      2. To bring down ( the foot ) forcibly on the ground or floor; as, “he stamped his foot with rage”.

      3. To crush; to pulverize; specifically ( Metal. ), to crush by the blow of a heavy stamp, as ore in a mill.

      I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small. Deut. ix. 21.

      4. To impress with some mark or figure; as, “to stamp a plate with arms or initials”.

      5. Fig.: To impress; to imprint; to fix deeply; as, “to stamp virtuous principles on the heart”.

      God . . . has stamped no original characters on our minds wherein we may read his being. Locke.

      6. To cut out, bend, or indent, as paper, sheet metal, etc., into various forms, by a blow or suddenly applied pressure with a stamp or die, etc.; to mint; to coin.

      7. To put a stamp on, as for postage; as, “to stamp a letter; to stamp a legal document”.

      To stamp out, to put an end to by sudden and energetic action; to extinguish; as, “to stamp out a rebellion”.

    2. Stamp, v. i.
      1. To strike; to beat; to crush.

      These cooks how they stamp and strain and grind. Chaucer.

      2. To strike the foot forcibly downward.

      But starts, exclaims, and stamps, and raves, and dies. Dennis.

    3. Stamp, n.
      1. The act of stamping, as with the foot.

      2. The which stamps; any instrument for making impressions on other bodies, as a die.

      'T is gold so pure

      It can not bear the stamp without alloy. Dryden.

      3. The mark made by stamping; a mark imprinted; an impression.

      That sacred name gives ornament and grace,

      And, like his stamp, makes basest metals pass. Dryden.

      4. That which is marked; a thing stamped.

      Hanging a golden stamp about their necks. Shak.

      5. [F. estampe, of German origin. See Stamp, v. t.] A picture cut in wood or metal, or made by impression; a cut; a plate. [Obs.]

      At Venice they put out very curious stamps of the several edifices which are most famous for their beauty and magnificence. Addison.

      6. An official mark set upon things chargeable with a duty or tax to government, as evidence that the duty or tax is paid; as, “the stamp on a bill of exchange”.

      7. Hence: A stamped or printed device, usually paper, issued by the government at a fixed price, and required by law to be affixed to, or stamped on, certain papers, as evidence that the government dues are paid; as, “a postage stamp; a tax stamp; a receipt stamp, etc.”

      8. An instrument for cutting out, or shaping, materials, as paper, leather, etc., by a downward pressure.

      9. A character or reputation, good or bad, fixed on anything as if by an imprinted mark; current value; authority; as, “these persons have the stamp of dishonesty; the Scriptures bear the stamp of a divine origin”.

      Of the same stamp is that which is obtruded on us, that an adamant suspends the attraction of the loadstone. Sir T. Browne.

      10. Make; cast; form; character; as, “a man of the same stamp, or of a different stamp”.

      A soldier of this season's stamp. Shak.

      11. A kind of heavy hammer, or pestle, raised by water or steam power, for beating ores to powder; anything like a pestle, used for pounding or beating.

      12. A half-penny. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.

      13. pl. Money, esp. paper money. [Slang, U.S.]

      Stamp act, an act of the British Parliament [1765] imposing a duty on all paper, vellum, and parchment used in the American colonies, and declaring all writings on unstamped materials to be null and void. -- Stamp collector, an officer who receives or collects stamp duties. one who collects postage or other stamps, as an avocation or for investment; a philatelist. -- Stamp duty, a duty, or tax, imposed on paper and parchment used for certain writings, as deeds, conveyances, etc., the evidence of the payment of the duty or tax being a stamp. [Eng.] -- Stamp hammer, a hammer, worked by power, which rises and falls vertically, like a stamp in a stamp mill. -- Stamp head, a heavy mass of metal, forming the head or lower end of a bar, which is lifted and let fall, in a stamp mill. -- Stamp mill ( Mining ), a mill in which ore is crushed with stamps; also, a machine for stamping ore. -- Stamp note, a stamped certificate from a customhouse officer, which allows goods to be received by the captain of a ship
      as freight. [Eng.] -- Stamp office, an office for the issue of stamps and the reception of stamp duties.