• An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or other ornamental device) stamped on the shoulders of the wine bottles which they ordered from England
    An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or other ornamental device) stamped on the shoulders of the wine bottles which they ordered from England
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stamp destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot "Stamp fascism into submission","stamp out tyranny"
    • v stamp treat or classify according to a mental stereotype "I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"
    • v stamp to mark, or produce an imprint in or on something "a man whose name is permanently stamped on our maps"
    • v stamp affix a stamp to "Are the letters properly stamped?"
    • v stamp raise in a relief "embossed stationery"
    • v stamp crush or grind with a heavy instrument "stamp fruit extract the juice"
    • v stamp form or cut out with a mold, form, or die "stamp needles"
    • v stamp walk heavily "The men stomped through the snow in their heavy boots"
    • v stamp reveal clearly as having a certain character "His playing stamps him as a Romantic"
    • n stamp a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents
    • n stamp a block or die used to imprint a mark or design
    • n stamp machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
    • n stamp a small adhesive token stuck on a letter or package to indicate that that postal fees have been paid
    • n stamp a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving "he put his stamp on the envelope"
    • n stamp a small piece of adhesive paper that is put on an object to show that a government tax has been paid
    • n stamp a type or class "more men of his stamp are needed"
    • n stamp something that can be used as an official medium of payment
    • n stamp the distinctive form in which a thing is made "pottery of this cast was found throughout the region"
    • ***

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Brown cloth cover with gold blind-stamped title Brown cloth cover with gold blind-stamped title

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 1 billion stamps are produced in Australia annually
    • Stamp 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."
    • Stamp A half-penny.
    • Stamp 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.
    • Stamp A picture cut in wood or metal, or made by impression; a cut; a plate. "At Venice they put out very curious stamps of the several edifices which are most famous for their beauty and magnificence."
    • Stamp 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.
    • Stamp An instrument for cutting out, or shaping, materials, as paper, leather, etc., by a downward pressure.
    • Stamp 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.
    • Stamp 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."
    • Stamp Make; cast; form; character; as, a man of the same stamp, or of a different stamp . "A soldier of this season's stamp ."
    • Stamp Money, esp. paper money.
    • Stamp That which is marked; a thing stamped. "Hanging a golden stamp about their necks."
    • Stamp The act of stamping, as with the foot.
    • Stamp 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."
    • Stamp 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."
    • Stamp To bring down (the foot) forcibly on the ground or floor; as, he stamped his foot with rage.
    • Stamp 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."
    • Stamp 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.
    • Stamp To impress with some mark or figure; as, to stamp a plate with arms or initials.
    • Stamp To put a stamp on, as for postage; as, to stamp a letter; to stamp a legal document.
    • Stamp To strike beat, or press forcibly with the bottom of the foot, or by thrusting the foot downward. "He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground."
    • Stamp To strike the foot forcibly downward. "But starts, exclaims, and stamps , and raves, and dies."
    • Stamp To strike; to beat; to crush. "These cooks how they stamp and strain and grind."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Great Britain was the first country to issue postage stamps in 1840
    • stamp To crush or bruise with or as with a pestle; pound or bray as in a mortar; pound; bruise; crush: as, to stamp ores in a stamping-mill.
    • stamp To strike or beat with a forcible downward thrust of the foot.
    • stamp To cause to strike the ground with a sudden or impetuous downward thrust.
    • stamp To impress a design or distinctive mark or figure upon; mark with an impression or design: as, to stamp plate with arms; to stamp letters; to stamp butter.
    • stamp Hence To certify and give validity or currency to by marking with some mark or impression; coin; mint.
    • stamp Figuratively, to brand or stigmatize as being of a specified character; declare to be.
    • stamp To imprint; impress; fix deeply: as, to stamp one's name on a book; an event stamped on one's memory.
    • stamp To characterize; mark.
    • stamp To affix a stamp (as a postage- or receipt-stamp) to: as, to stamp a letter or a newspaper.
    • stamp To cut, or cut into various forms, with a stamp: in this sense often with ou : as, to stamp out circles and diamonds from a sheet of metal.
    • stamp To strike the foot forcibly downward.
    • n stamp An instrument for crushing, bruising, or pounding; specifically, in metallurgy, that part of the machinery of a stamp-mill which rises and falls, and which delivers the blow by which the ore is reduced to the necessary fineness for being further treated for the separation of the valuable portion; by extension, the mill itself. The stamp consists of head and stem, the latter having upon it the tappet by which, through the agency of the cam or wiper which projects from an axis turned by steam- or water-power, it is raised.
    • n stamp An instrument for making impressions on other bodies; an engraved block, die, or the like, by which a mark may be made or delivered by pressure; specifically, a plate upon which is cut the design for the sides or back of a book.
    • n stamp A hand-tool for cutting blanks from paper, leather, etc., in various patterns, according to the shape of the cutting-edges. It operates by pressure or a direct blow, or is laid on the material and struck with a hammer. Hand-stamps are used for canceling, bating, embossing, eyeleting, and similar work.
    • n stamp A forcible or impetuous downward thrust or blow: as, he emphasized his order with a stamp of the foot.
    • n stamp An impression or mark made with a stamp; an impressed or embossed mark or pattern; particularly, an impressed mark used to certify something, or give validity or currency to it: as, the stamp on a coin; the stamp on a certified check.
    • n stamp Specifically— An official mark set upon a thing chargeable with duty or tax showing that the duty or tax is paid.
    • n stamp The impression of a public mark or seal required by the British government for revenue purposes to be made by its officers upon the paper or parchment on which deeds, legal instruments, bills of exchange, receipts, checks, insurance policies, etc., are written, the fee for the stamp or stamped paper varying with the nature of the instrument or the amount involved. (See stamp-duty.) For receipts, foreign bills of exchange, and agreements, adhesive stamps may be used, but in general the stamp must be embossed or impressed.
    • n stamp A small piece of paper having a certain figure or design impressed upon it, sold by the government to be attached to goods, papers, letters, documents, etc., subject to duty, or to some charge as for postage, in order to show that such duty or charge has been paid: as, postage-stamps; receipt-stamps; internal-revenue stamps.
    • n stamp plural Stamp-duties: as, the receiver of stamps and taxes. See stamp-duty.
    • n stamp plural Money: so called in allusion to the use of postage-stamps and small paper notes (“shinplasters”) as money.
    • n stamp That which is marked; a thing stamped; a medal.
    • n stamp A coin, especially one of small value.
    • n stamp A picture cut in wood or metal, or made by impression; an engraving; a plate or cliché.
    • n stamp Sanction; value derived from suffrage or attestation; authority.
    • n stamp Distinguishing mark; imprint; sign; indication; evidence.
    • n stamp Make; cast; form; character; sort; kind; brand.
    • n stamp In leather manufacturing, a machine for softening hides by pounding them in a vat.
    • n stamp Same as nobblin.
    • n stamp plural Legs.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On February 10, 1964 the first self-adhesive stamps were issued
    • v.t Stamp stamp to strike with the sole of the foot, by thrusting it down: to impress with some mark or figure: to imprint: to fix deeply: to coin: to form: to pound, bray, crush, bruise
    • v.i Stamp to step or plant the foot firmly down
    • n Stamp the act of stamping: the mark made by pressing something on a soft body: an instrument for making impressions on other bodies: that which is stamped: an official mark put on things chargeable with duty, as proof that the duty is paid: an instrument for cutting materials into a certain shape by a downward pressure: cast, form, character: distinguishing mark, imprint, sign, evidence: a species of heavy pestle, raised by water or steam power, for crushing and pulverising ores: :
    • n Stamp (pl.) stamp-duties
    • n Stamp (slang) money, esp. paper money
    • ***


  • Sir William Temple
    “Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed”
  • Evelyn Waugh
    “If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes through your hands. Stamp it with your manhood. Let superiority be your trademark...”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Yes! To this thought I hold with firm persistence; The last result of wisdom stamps it true; He only earns his freedom and existence Who daily conquers them anew.”
  • Germaine De Stael
    Germaine De Stael
    “Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.”
  • George Orwell
    “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Caricatures of them were stamped even on handkerchiefs and calico aprons.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Catalogues will be sent on application (if in the country on receipt of Six Stamps).
"Notes and Queries, Number 210, November 5, 1853" by Various
It is by pressure that a jewel is stamped.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The first was a young man with the unmistakable stamp of the actor on him, smart, well groomed, clean shaven, the society actor of to-day.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
He was Gazetteer, and he was also a Commissioner of Stamps.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Finding they were gaining on him he threw down the articles and stamped furiously upon them.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
The envelope, however, may be stamped with a monogram and the paper left plain, this latter style being much in favor.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Spring saw him riding south toward his old stamping grounds.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
They were near enough for those who watched to see that the fear of sudden death was stamped upon their perspiring faces.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
They bear the stamp of his mind, strong, without precision.
"Patrick Henry" by Moses Coit Tyler

In poetry:

The blank page of my heart grows rife
With wealth of tender lore;
Her image, stamped upon my life,
Gives value evermore.
"Quand-Meme" by John Hay
He spoke much of how deep was stamped
Her image on his mind;
One more adieu, the boat was gone.
And she was left behind.
"The Adieu To Eliza" by Nora Pembroke
Linger until upon my brain
Is stamped an image of the scene,
Then fade into the air again,
And be as if thou hadst not been.
"Cadenabbia. Lake Of Como. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But each passing hour must waken
Energies that slumber now,
Manhood with its fire and action
Stamp that fair, unfurrowed brow.
"Lines To D. G. T., Of Sherwood" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Home, that sanctuary of love,
That stamps impressions for life,
Who's the heart of affection there?
It is the mother, the wife.
"Motherly Emotions" by Frank Barbour Coffin
And when we reachd the Staneshaw-bank,
The wind was rising loud and hie;
And there the laird garrd leave our steeds,
For fear that they should stamp and nie.
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Applying for food stamps in New York City is about to get a lot easier.
Cuomo Still Targeting Food Stamp Fingerprinting .
Cuomo Says 'No' to Fingerprinting for Food Stamps.
Doar said in an interview that the city spent $190,000 to fingerprint food-stamp applicants last year.
Assembly Supports End To Food Stamp Fingerprinting .
Fingerprinting and food stamps would no longer be linked under a bill that has passed the California state Assembly.
Schoharie and Columbia counties fingerprint some food stamp applicants.
Time to dig out those one-cent stamps.
Portland police, Sunday Parkways, food stamps, vocational training, Columbus Day Storm, Social Security, Franklin Roosevelt .
Stamp with the words "Fail".
HOT* 75% Off Holiday Cards = Personalized Photo Cards for as low as $0.27 from (plus includes stamp.
Farm Bill delay means food stamps funding, broadband Internet expansion hang in the balance .
Thousands of Ohioans were notified recently they would have to repay welfare and food stamp benefits the state improperly granted them, sometimes decades ago.
The Food and Beverage industry is increasingly adapting the Global Food Safety Initiative as its "stamp" of high quality and safety.
In the world of stamp collecting, cinderella is something quite different from the tale of the young woman who lost her glass slipper at the ball.

In science:

The galaxy stamp images were analyzed using the same fiso find standard SNfactory data reduction.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The discriminator pulse is then resynchronized to the next DOM clock transition edge providing the coarse time-stamp.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
In local coincidence mode, only when this pulse arrives, will the DOM digitize, store, and subsequently transmit the time-stamped data to the surface.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
It maps the local clock counter values in the DOM and the hit time-stamps to the global time.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
To match the data of the different subdetectors a “time stamp” is delivered by a clock using the GPS.
Atmospheric neutrino and Long Baseline neutrino experiments