- Stamp is defined as the act of stomping on the ground, or the act of making an impression, imprint or using a seal, or a unit of postage for mailing letters.
- An example of a stamp is a loud stomp on the sidewalk.
- An example of a stamp is an imprint of a logo on a letter.
- An example of a stamp is the sticky square of paper that goes on the upper right hand corner of an envelope to show that you have paid for its mailing.
- Stamp means to forcibly strike down with the foot, or to imprint, impress or put a seal on something.
- An example of stamp is to stomp the feet.
- An example of stamp is to press an official seal on a letter.
- to bring (the foot) down forcibly on the ground, a floor, etc.
- to strike down on forcibly with the foot: to stamp the floor in anger
- to beat, crush, etc. in a specified way by treading on heavily: to stamp the grass down to the earth
- to remove by stamping the foot or feet: to stamp the snow from one's boots
- to pulverize (ore, etc.) by grinding or crushing
- to imprint or cut out (a mark, design, lettering, etc.) by bringing a form forcibly against a material: to stamp initials in leather
- to cut out, form, or make as by applying a die to metal: often with out: to stamp auto bodies
- to impress, mark, or imprint with some design, characters, etc., as to decorate or to show authenticity, ownership, sanction, or the like
- to impress or mark distinctly or indelibly: the incident was stamped in her memory
- to put an official seal or a stamp on (a document, letter, etc.)
- to characterize or reveal distinctly, as if by imprinting: the courage that stamped him as a hero
Origin of stampMiddle English stampen, akin to Old High German stampfon ; from Germanic an unverified form stampon, an unverified form stampjan, to press to pieces ; from Indo-European an unverified form stembh-, to crush ; from base an unverified form steb(h)-, a post, pole from source staff, step, stump
- to bring the foot down forcibly on the ground, a floor, etc.
- to walk with loud, heavy steps, as in anger, etc.
- the act of stamping
- a machine, tool, etc. used for stamping or crushing ore, etc.
- any tool or implement, as a die, used by being forcibly brought against something to mark or shape it
- a mark or form made by such a tool or implement
- a mark, seal, impression, etc. used to show officially that a tax has been paid, authority given, etc.
- a small piece of paper, distinctively imprinted on the face and usually gummed on the back, issued by a government for a specified price and required to be affixed to a letter, parcel, document, commodity subject to duty, etc. as evidence that the prescribed fee, as for carrying mail, has been paid
- any piece of paper similar to a stamp, issued by an organization, business firm, etc.: trading stamps
- any characteristic sign or impression; indication: the stamp of truth
- character; kind; class; type
- to beat, crush, or put out by treading on forcibly: to stamp out a fire, a cigarette, etc.
- to crush, suppress, or put down (a revolt, rebellion, etc.)
verbstamped, stamp·ing, stamps
- To bring down (the foot) forcibly.
- To bring the foot down onto (an object or surface) forcibly.
- To cause to be dislodged by stomping the feet: He stamped the snow from his boots.
- To subdue, destroy, or eliminate: stamped the rebellion; stamp out a fire.
- To crush or grind with a heavy instrument: stamp ore.
- To form or cut out by application of a mold, form, or die: washers that were stamped from a piece of sheet metal.
- To imprint or impress with a mark, design, or seal: stamp a passport.
- To impress forcibly or permanently: an experience that was stamped on his memory.
- To affix an adhesive stamp to (an envelope, for example).
- To identify, characterize, or reveal: stamped her as a traitor to the cause.
- To thrust the foot forcibly downward: stamp on the brake pedal.
- To walk with forcible, heavy steps.
- The act of stamping.
- a. An implement or device used to impress, cut out, or shape something to which it is applied.b. An impression or shape formed by such an implement or device.
- An official mark, design, or seal that indicates ownership, approval, completion, or the payment of a tax.
- a. A small piece of gummed paper sold by a government for attachment to an article that is to be mailed; a postage stamp.b. A similar piece of gummed paper issued for a specific purpose: trading stamps.
- An identifying or characterizing mark or impression: His work bears the stamp of genius.
- Characteristic nature or quality: a person of her stamp.
Origin of stampMiddle English stampen, possibly alteration of Old English stempan, to pound in a mortar.
- An act of stamping the foot, paw or hoof.
- The horse gave two quick stamps and rose up on its hind legs.
- An indentation or imprint made by stamping.
- My passport has quite a collection of stamps.
- A device for stamping designs.
- She loved to make designs with her collection of stamps.
- A small piece of paper bearing a design on one side and adhesive on the other.
- These stamps are purely decorative.
- A postage stamp.
- I need one first-class stamp to send this letter.
- (slang, figuratively) A tattoo
- (slang) A single dose of lysergic acid diethylamide
(third-person singular simple present stamps, present participle stamping, simple past and past participle stamped)
- (intransitive) To step quickly and heavily, once or repeatedly.
- The toddler screamed and stamped, but still got no candy.
- To move (the foot or feet) quickly and heavily, once or repeatedly.
- The crowd cheered and stamped their feet in appreciation.
- To strike, beat, or press forcibly with the bottom of the foot, or by thrusting the foot downward.
- 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.
- To give an official marking to, generally by impressing or imprinting a design or symbol.
- The immigration officer stamped my passport.
- To apply postage stamps to.
- I forgot to stamp this letter.
- (figuratively) To mark; to impress.
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 *stampijanÄ… (“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"), Occitan estampar. See also stomp.