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.

(Stam*pede") n. [Sp. estampida (in America) a stampede, estampido a crackling, akin to estampar to stamp, of German origin. See Stamp, v. t.] A wild, headlong scamper, or running away, of a number of animals; usually caused by fright; hence, any sudden flight or dispersion, as of a crowd or an army in consequence of a panic.

She and her husband would join in the general stampede.
W. Black.

(Stam*pede") v. i. To run away in a panic; — said droves of cattle, horses, etc., also of armies.

(Stam*pede"), v. t. To disperse by causing sudden fright, as a herd or drove of animals.

(Stamp"er) n.

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.

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.

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.]

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