Stamp duty

Stamp duty
Stamp Stamp, n. 1. The act of stamping, as with the foot. [1913 Webster]

2. The which stamps; any instrument for making impressions on other bodies, as a die. [1913 Webster]

'T is gold so pure It can not bear the stamp without alloy. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. The mark made by stamping; a mark imprinted; an impression. [1913 Webster]

That sacred name gives ornament and grace, And, like his stamp, makes basest metals pass. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. That which is marked; a thing stamped. [1913 Webster]

Hanging a golden stamp about their necks. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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.] [1913 Webster]

At Venice they put out very curious stamps of the several edifices which are most famous for their beauty and magnificence. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

6. An official 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. [1913 Webster]

7. Hence: 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; as, a postage stamp; a tax stamp; a receipt stamp, etc. [1913 Webster]

8. An instrument for cutting out, or shaping, materials, as paper, leather, etc., by a downward pressure. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Of the same stamp is that which is obtruded on us, that an adamant suspends the attraction of the loadstone. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

10. Make; cast; form; character; as, a man of the same stamp, or of a different stamp. [1913 Webster]

A soldier of this season's stamp. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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 beating. [1913 Webster]

12. A half-penny. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

13. pl. Money, esp. paper money. [Slang, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

{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 and void.

{Stamp collector}, (a) an officer who receives or collects stamp duties. (b) one who collects postage or other stamps, as an avocation or for investment; a philatelist.

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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