time stamp

noun

variants or timestamp
plural time stamps or timestamps
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)
2
a
: 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
time-stamp 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 Based on the time stamps we’re given, somehow this conversation takes 15 minutes?! Emma Soren, Vulture, 3 June 2024 The time stamp became code for the act of smoking weed, and eventually spread beyond the Golden State's borders to none other than The Grateful Dead. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 20 Apr. 2024 However, her hairstyles and nude looks have no time stamp, existing across decades as trending looks 20 years later. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 31 May 2024 For the police, the Instagram videos were a trail of criminal breadcrumbs around the city, complete with narration, time stamps and footage of his speedometer. Mike Baker, New York Times, 29 May 2024 Without the equivalent of a time stamp on the individual sequences, that’s much more difficult to do, scientists told STAT. Helen Branswell, STAT, 2 May 2024 The time stamps end eight seconds later with the truck going 50 mph in the middle lane. The Arizona Republic, 16 Mar. 2024 Sullivan referenced moment-by-moment time stamps from the eight-minute video recorded on Jan. 30. Olivia Lloyd, Charlotte Observer, 22 Mar. 2024 The footage, which has a time stamp of Feb. 21, then shows the driver being dragged from the car to the safety of the pool deck. Simone Jasper, Miami Herald, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of time stamp was in 1855

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“Time stamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20stamp. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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