Definitions for: Stamp


[n] a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents
[n] a block or die used to imprint a mark or design
[n] machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
[n] a token that postal fees have been paid
[n] a symbol that is the result of printing; "he put his stamp on the envelope"
[n] a type or class; "more men of his stamp are needed"
[n] the distinctive form in which a thing is made; "pottery of this cast was found throughout the region"
[v] destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot; "Stamp fascism into submission"; "stamp out tyranny"
[v] treat or classify according to a mental stereotype; "I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"
[v] to mark, or produce an imprint in or on something; "a man whose name is permanently stamped on our maps,"
[v] affix a stamp to, as of letters
[v] raise in a relief; "embossed stationary"
[v] crush or grind with a heavy instrument, as of fruit, to extract the juice
[v] form or cut out with a mold, form, or die; "stamp needles"
[v] walk heavily; "The men stomped through the snow i their heavy boots"
[v] reveal clearly as having a certain character; "His playing stamps him as a Romantic"



Webster (1913) Definition: Stampv. t. [imp. & p. p. Stamped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Stamping.] [OE. stampen; akin to LG. & D. stampen, G.
stampfen, OHG. stanpf?n, 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.


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.


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 offical 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, 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
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 bathing.

12. A half-penny. [Obs.] --au. & 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 an void.

Stamp collector, an officer who receives or collects stamp
duties; one who collects postage or other stamps.

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.

Synonyms: boss, cast, emboss, impression, mold, pestle, pigeonhole, postage, postage stamp, seal, stereotype, stomp, stump

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