from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring down (the foot) forcibly.
  • transitive v. To bring the foot down onto (an object or surface) forcibly.
  • transitive v. To extinguish or destroy by or as if by trampling underfoot: stamped the rebellion; stamp out a fire.
  • transitive v. To crush or grind with a heavy instrument: stamp ore.
  • transitive v. To form or cut out by application of a mold, form, or die.
  • transitive v. To imprint or impress with a mark, design, or seal.
  • transitive v. To impress forcibly or permanently.
  • transitive v. To affix an adhesive stamp to.
  • transitive v. To identify, characterize, or reveal: stamped her a traitor to the cause.
  • intransitive v. To thrust the foot forcibly downward.
  • intransitive v. To walk with forcible, heavy steps. See Usage Note at stomp.
  • n. The act of stamping.
  • n. An implement or device used to impress, cut out, or shape something to which it is applied.
  • n. An impression or shape formed by such an implement or device. See Synonyms at impression.
  • n. An official mark, design, or seal that indicates ownership, approval, completion, or the payment of a tax.
  • n. A small piece of gummed paper sold by a government for attachment to an article that is to be mailed; a postage stamp.
  • n. A similar piece of gummed paper issued for a specific purpose: trading stamps.
  • n. An identifying or characterizing mark or impression: His work bears the stamp of genius.
  • n. Characteristic nature or quality: a person of her stamp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of stamping the foot, paw or hoof.
  • n. An indentation or imprint made by stamping.
  • n. A device for stamping designs.
  • n. A small piece of paper bearing a design on one side and adhesive on the other.
  • n. A postage stamp.
  • n. A tattoo
  • n. A single dose of lysergic acid diethylamide
  • v. To step quickly and heavily, once or repeatedly.
  • v. To move (the foot or feet) quickly and heavily, once or repeatedly.
  • v. To mark by pressing quickly and heavily.
  • v. To give an official marking to, generally by impressing or imprinting a design or symbol.
  • v. To apply postage stamps to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of stamping, as with the foot.
  • n. The which stamps; any instrument for making impressions on other bodies, as a die.
  • n. The mark made by stamping; a mark imprinted; an impression.
  • n. That which is marked; a thing stamped.
  • n. A picture cut in wood or metal, or made by impression; a cut; a plate.
  • n. An official mark set upon things chargeable with a duty or tax to government, as evidence that the duty or tax is paid.
  • n. 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
  • n. An instrument for cutting out, or shaping, materials, as paper, leather, etc., by a downward pressure.
  • n. A character or reputation, good or bad, fixed on anything as if by an imprinted mark; current value; authority.
  • n. Make; cast; form; character.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A half-penny.
  • n. Money, esp. paper money.
  • intransitive v. To strike; to beat; to crush.
  • intransitive v. To strike the foot forcibly downward.
  • transitive v. To strike beat, or press forcibly with the bottom of the foot, or by thrusting the foot downward.
  • transitive v. To bring down (the foot) forcibly on the ground or floor.
  • transitive v. To crush; to pulverize; specifically (Metal.), to crush by the blow of a heavy stamp, as ore in a mill.
  • transitive v. To impress with some mark or figure.
  • transitive v. Fig.: To impress; to imprint; to fix deeply.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To put a stamp on, as for postage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To strike or beat with a forcible downward thrust of the foot.
  • To cause to strike the ground with a sudden or impetuous downward thrust.
  • 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.
  • Hence To certify and give validity or currency to by marking with some mark or impression; coin; mint.
  • Figuratively, to brand or stigmatize as being of a specified character; declare to be.
  • To imprint; impress; fix deeply: as, to stamp one's name on a book; an event stamped on one's memory.
  • To characterize; mark.
  • To affix a stamp (as a postage- or receipt-stamp) to: as, to stamp a letter or a newspaper.
  • 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.
  • To strike the foot forcibly downward.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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. A hand-tool for cutting blanks from paper, leather, etc., in various patterns, according to the shape of the cutting-edges.
  • n. A forcible or impetuous downward thrust or blow: as, he emphasized his order with a stamp of the foot.
  • n. 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. Specifically— An official mark set upon a thing chargeable with duty or tax showing that the duty or tax is paid.
  • n. 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. 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. plural Stamp-duties: as, the receiver of stamps and taxes. See stamp-duty.
  • n. plural Money: so called in allusion to the use of postage-stamps and small paper notes (“shinplasters”) as money.
  • n. That which is marked; a thing stamped; a medal.
  • n. A coin, especially one of small value.
  • n. A picture cut in wood or metal, or made by impression; an engraving; a plate or cliché.
  • n. Sanction; value derived from suffrage or attestation; authority.
  • n. Distinguishing mark; imprint; sign; indication; evidence.
  • n. Make; cast; form; character; sort; kind; brand.
  • n. In leather manufacturing, a machine for softening hides by pounding them in a vat.
  • n. Same as nobblin.
  • n. plural Legs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. walk heavily
  • v. affix a stamp to
  • n. a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents
  • v. crush or grind with a heavy instrument
  • n. a type or class
  • v. to mark, or produce an imprint in or on something
  • v. destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot
  • n. machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
  • v. raise in a relief
  • v. form or cut out with a mold, form, or die
  • v. treat or classify according to a mental stereotype
  • n. a small adhesive token stuck on a letter or package to indicate that that postal fees have been paid
  • n. a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving
  • n. the distinctive form in which a thing is made
  • n. something that can be used as an official medium of payment
  • n. a block or die used to imprint a mark or design
  • v. reveal clearly as having a certain character
  • n. a small piece of adhesive paper that is put on an object to show that a government tax has been paid


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English stampen, possibly alteration of Old English stempan, to pound in a mortar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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