Definition for STAMP


  1. Any instrument for making impressions on other bodies. 'Tis gold so pure, / It can not bear the stamp without alloy. – Dryden.
  2. A mark imprinted; an impression. That sacred name gives ornament and grate, / And, like his stamp, makes basest metals pass. – Dryden.
  3. That which is marked; a thing stamped. Hanging a golden stamp about their necks. – Shak.
  4. 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.
  5. A mark set upon things chargeable with duty to government, as evidence that the duty is paid. We see such stamps on English newspapers.
  6. A character of reputation, good or bad, fixed on anything. These persons have the stamp of impiety. The Scriptures bear the stamp of a divine origin.
  7. Authority; current value derived from suffrage or attestation. Of the same stamp is that which is obtruded on us, that an adamant suspends the attraction of the lodestone. – Brown.
  8. Make; cast; form; character; as, a man of the same stamp, or of a different stamp. Addison.
  9. In metallurgy, a kind of pestle raised by a waterwheel for beating ores to powder; any thing like a pestle used for pounding or beating.

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