time stamp

variants: or timestamp \ ˈtīm-​ˌstamp How to pronounce time stamp (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 email, 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

Examples of time stamp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other products covered in the recall are three-pound trays of Kroger Ground Turkey (85% lean, 15% fat) with a sell- or freeze-by date of October 17, 2021, and a time stamp between 2314 and 2351 printed on the package. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 14 Oct. 2021 They have been faithfully captured in regal portraiture, images that put a time stamp on the state of the republic. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 He was shoved into the lockboxes around 8:05 p.m., according to a time stamp on the footage reviewed by his attorney. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2021 Today's Amazon lightning deal drops this chair down to $161, but the time stamp on this deal is just under 15 hours. Forbes Vetted, Forbes, 22 June 2021 This time stamp tells us when these minerals were buried (or trapped in an object like a pot). Alex Schoeman, Quartz, 29 May 2021 For a panoramic view of international travel, several industry players have stepped into the arena with user-friendly research tools, such as interactive maps, capsules of information and a time stamp of the last update. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 The big problem is that so much of Instagram’s user interface—like your profile picture, the reply button, and the time stamp—sits on top of everything. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, 25 Feb. 2021 Using radiocarbon dating, the team studied cross sections of the trees -- whose annual growth rings served as a natural time stamp -- to track the changes in radiocarbon levels during the pole reversal. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of time stamp

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Time stamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20stamp. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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