Definition of date stamp in English:

date stamp

noun

  • 1A stamped mark indicating a date, used on food packaging, posted envelopes, etc.

    • ‘Once those tins were filled and sold on, with their authentic-looking date stamps, who'd know that they came from his smuggler's den?’
    • ‘My copy of The Well of Lost Plots was borrowed from the Wiltshire library system, and you can see from the date stamps in the front of it how often it has been read.’
    • ‘Since it has been delayed, voting will end at midnight, March 5th (I'll be counting them on the sixth, so the only timezone that matters to me is the date stamp on the comments).’
    • ‘I'd like you all to take a moment and look at the date stamp at the top of this post.’
    • ‘The library's date stamp on their copy reads 23 OCT 86.’
    • ‘The second document is a document headed ‘Grant of Status Exceptional Leave to Remain’, which has a Home Office date stamp, again 14 August 2001.’
    • ‘In addition, he seeks leave in respect of certain photographs he claims were taken by himself on 12 th June 1999 and which bear a date stamp to that effect.’
    • ‘Then despite what that date stamp says, this is the same view Sunday morning, July 10th, just before the storm made landfall.’
    • ‘The next step is to add milk but milk is dangerous and the date stamps are often confusing.’
    • ‘Many of the date stamps are actually ‘sell-by’ indicators, but to be on the safe side, treat them as if they are ‘consume-by’ indicators.’
    • ‘The starboard wing bears a 1948 date stamp probably a Mk. IV or early Mk. V component.’
    • ‘Their photos will have that annoying date stamp that inevitably obscures the most interesting feature in the photo.’
    • ‘The Tribunal, your Honour, said in its letter that it received it on the 27th and the application has the Tribunal's date stamp of the 27th.’
    • ‘Some photos have date stamps suggesting they were taken in May 2003, which could make them the earliest evidence of possible abuse of prisoners.’
    • ‘This arrived at Banglamung according to the date stamp on the envelope on the 2nd of July but was not delivered to me at South Pattaya till the 9th of July.’
    • ‘The photographs documenting Lee's effort to blend into these communities at first appear to be crude snapshots, replete with date stamp and flash-triggered red eye.’
    • ‘A little lower down appeared the postal date stamp with ‘Los Angeles, California, 7 October, 10 pm’ within the circle.’
    • ‘I borrowed this book from my local public library, and the date stamps show that it had been borrowed by two other readers before me.’
    • ‘I have a document with a date stamp 3 July 2003 headed ‘Applicant's Submissions to High Court on Stay’.’
    • ‘Once a perishable food is frozen, the date stamp doesn't matter, because continuously frozen foods are generally safe indefinitely.’
    1. 1.1 An adjustable stamp used to make a date stamp.
      • ‘It is a working post office open every day with its own date stamp.’
      • ‘If a date stamp is not available, write in the date by hand.’
      • ‘In addition, the ARP has supplied a host of library equipment, like guillotines, hand scanners, shelves, counters, date stamps and catalogue cards.’
      • ‘From the rented house, police confiscated 47 passports from various countries, 25 rubber stamps for processing visas in different countries, 6 date stamps and 50 passport envelopes.’

verb

  • [with object] Mark with a date stamp:

    ‘she hummed at the desk as she date-stamped books’
    • ‘A colleague at work suggested date-stamping everything when you use it!’
    • ‘It is usual practice in offices to date stamp the receipt of a letter and if done by Mr Sternberg's office this would have provided some assistance in determining when Lioris wrote the letter.’
    • ‘If your camera has a data back that date-stamps your pictures, turn the date stamp on for the first and last few shots of each roll to set up date parameters for those pictures.’
    • ‘While the application from Doonbeg Golf Course Ltd was date-stamped April 16 2002, the county council insists it was received on April 4.’
    • ‘Every entry is date-stamped and has its own unique address.’
    • ‘However, the council later admitted errors were made in date-stamping the application.’