time stamp

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

Examples of time stamp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The time stamp is the length of time into the debate each person began their statement. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Read the full transcript of vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris," 8 Oct. 2020 DeSantis' lawyers were required to respond Wednesday and filed their arguments at 11:57 p.m., according to a time stamp on the document. Jim Saunders, orlandosentinel.com, "DeSantis gives Supreme Court his response in Renatha Francis dispute," 10 Sep. 2020 According to the complaint, a time stamp of the Facebook Live post matched Westin La Paloma security footage, confirming Bracamonte filmed the video before making threats to the vice president. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Tucson man accused of threatening to shoot, kill Vice President Mike Pence," 28 Aug. 2020 But the Supreme Court said Ware produced the document, showing the First District did, in fact, receive it, with a time stamp of Oct. 1, 2019. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Supreme Court: Man serving life sentence can pursue records from Pureval's office," 19 Aug. 2020 The controversial five-minute Bruce Lee scene from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood borrows Lee’s identity as a time stamp for the mid-1960s. Danny Chau, The Atlantic, "What It Means to Understand Bruce Lee," 22 June 2020 That’s twelve days after the police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd, Jr., for eight minutes and forty-six seconds, the lethal time stamp from which the special takes its name. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, "Dave Chappelle’s Rough-Cut Humorlessness in “8:46”," 18 June 2020 The time stamp on her birth certificate would be 3:42 a.m. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Her pregnancy was already high risk. Then she gave birth on a ventilator.," 10 June 2020 Readers scrolling through the selections online would see only brief text: location and time stamps moving across the page or a brief caption. Emily Palmer, New York Times, "Capturing a World of Emptiness," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of time stamp

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Oct 2020

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“Time stamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20stamp. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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