time stamp

noun
variants: or timestamp \ ˈtīm-​ˌstamp How to pronounce timestamp (audio) \
plural time stamps or timestamps

Definition of time stamp

1 : a stamping device used for recording the date and time of day on a document, envelope, etc. (as to indicate when it was received or sent out)
2a : an indication of the date and time stamped on a document, envelope, etc. Problem was, a later check of the time stamp on the motion indicated that it had been filed nearly 40 minutes after Heinrich appeared before Wolf.— Thanassis Cambanis
b : an indication of the date and time recorded as part of a digital signal or file (such as an e-mail, digital photograph, radio broadcast, or text message) indicating the time of creation, transmission, etc. When you share that viral video, it carries a time stamp.Cosmopolitan … highlighted a seeming discrepancy between the timestamps of the phone records and surveillance video, with the surveillance video suggesting the shooting happened a moment or two earlier than the phone records.— Patrick Kernan

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Other Words from time stamp

time-stamp \ ˈtīm-​ˌstamp How to pronounce time-stamp (audio) \ transitive verb time-stamped; time-stamping; time-stamps
The repository also contains time-stamped versions of your code… — Jeff Jurvis

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Photo-editing apps like Huji Cam make iPhone pictures look like they were taken with a disposable camera, complete with an orange time stamp. Los Angeles Times, "Disposable cameras: A ’90s favorite makes a comeback among millennials and Gen Z," 27 Aug. 2019 Less than a quarter of those mismatches had to do with voter information, according to the audit; the rest were the result of time stamps formatted differently on documents. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Problems with DMV voter program didn’t hurt election, study finds," 9 Aug. 2019 Aida’s beloved Gerald has been gone 39 years, but the dress, both a work of fine craftsmanship and a time stamp, is still weightless and beautiful. Chicago Tribune Staff, orlandosentinel.com, "For 73 years, a woman kept her wedding dress made from her husband’s WWII parachute. Now it will be displayed in a museum.," 7 July 2019 As a result of the time discrepancies from the different time stamps from devices, people came up with conspiracy theories on the shooting, some of which are still popular. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Las Vegas police share the many lessons learned after deadliest massacre in modern US history," 11 July 2019 These background signals serve as time stamps on the recordings. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Scientific American, "Bacterial "Tape Recorder" Could Keep Tabs on Bodily Functions," 7 Feb. 2018 The time stamp may have given the parents a clue, though. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Gang's All Here! James Van Der Beek Poses with All Five of His Children for Father's Day," 17 June 2019 The exchanges began in March, according to the time stamp on the texts. CNN, "Alleged Neymar rape: Lawyer launches impassioned defense of accuser," 8 June 2019 Records from CenturyLink and time stamps from the data files led agents to two of the victims, one of whom was a child. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Former Surprise technician gets 15 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of time stamp

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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