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stamp:

see postage stamppostage stamp,
government stamp affixed to mail to indicate payment of postage. The term includes stamps printed or embossed on postcards and envelopes as well as the adhesive labels.
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stamp made from a die or matrix of metal, a gem, or other hard substance that yields an impression on wax or other soft substance. The use of seals is very ancient, examples of great antiquity occurring in China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and other places.
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stamp

1. 
b. a mark applied to postage stamps for cancellation purposes
2. a similar piece of gummed paper used for commercial or trading purposes
3. a piece of gummed paper or other mark applied to official documents to indicate payment of a fee, validity, ownership, etc.
4. Brit informal a national insurance contribution, formerly recorded by means of a stamp on an official card
5. an instrument or machine for crushing or pounding ores, etc., or the pestle in such a device
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References in classic literature ?
They therefore made a most stubborn resistance to the Stamp Act."
And next day Martin Eden cast hack-work aside, and at white heat hammered out an essay to which he gave the title, "The Philosophy of Illusion." A stamp started it on its travels, but it was destined to receive many stamps and to be started on many travels in the months that followed.
On they rushed, and their plumes lay back upon the wind, till it seemed as though they must stamp us flat.
The door of the next car opened, and Colonel Proctor appeared on the platform, attended by a Yankee of his own stamp as his second.
"Oh, but I hate myself for being a woman!" she cried, with a stamp of her little foot.
There is infinite variety in the gales of wind at sea, and except for the peculiar, terrible, and mysterious moaning that may be heard sometimes passing through the roar of a hurricane - except for that unforgettable sound, as if the soul of the universe had been goaded into a mournful groan - it is, after all, the human voice that stamps the mark of human consciousness upon the character of a gale.
"Half that ails you is hysterics and temper--just hysterics--hysterics--hysterics!" and she stamped each time she said it.
At the right beat of the music he looked sideways at his partner with a merry and triumphant air, suddenly stamped with one foot, bounded from the floor like a ball, and flew round the room taking his partner with him.
A purse and gold watch were found upon the victim: but no cards or papers, except a sealed and stamped envelope, which he had been probably carrying to the post, and which bore the name and address of Mr.
She stamped her foot at him to be gone, and uttered a harsh and intimidating cry.
Kaliko hastily withdrew, and the Nome King stamped up and down until the General of his armies appeared.
Thus, when you and I, asleep or dozing off to sleep, fall through space and awake to sickening consciousness just before we strike, we are merely remembering what happened to our arboreal ancestors, and which has been stamped by cerebral changes into the heredity of the race.