Stamp

Definition of Stamp

Pronunciation: stămp
v. t.1.To strike beat, or press forcibly with the bottom of the foot, or by thrusting the foot downward.
[imp. & p. p. Stamped (stămt ; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. Stamping.]
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.(Metal.) 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.
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.
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.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.
- 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.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.
13.Money, esp. paper money.
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
a - an officer who receives or collects stamp duties.
b - 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.
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.
Stamp office
an office for the issue of stamps and the reception of stamp duties.

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