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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And by avoiding the social media echo chamber and talking about what matters, there’s no time stamp on your brand either. Ryan O'keeffe, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 Their evening didn’t end until around 6 a.m. — at least, that’s the time stamp on one of Cardi’s final posts on her Story, a video of the sun rising on their waterside vacation home. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 15 Dec. 2022 There is no time stamp on it — unlike his other works, which have a copyright with his name and date. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Nov. 2022 However, a search of Duhaime’s office computer revealed an exact copy of the letter, with a time stamp indicating it was not created until the following day, Sept. 13. Ivy Scott, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2022 Some ballots were scanned the next morning, giving them a time stamp after Election Day. ABC News, 23 Oct. 2022 Tweets that have been edited will be easily identified by an icon, time stamp and label, Twitter said. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2022 The time stamp on the video then jumps to five minutes later. New York Times, 13 July 2022 Lally suggested the time stamp on the video might have been incorrect due to daylight savings time. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Oct. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Time stamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20stamp. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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