noun \ˈmärk\

Definition of MARK

:  a boundary land
a (1) :  a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers (2) :  something (as a line, notch, or fixed object) designed to record position
b :  one of the bits of leather or colored bunting placed on a sounding line at intervals
c :  target
d :  the starting line or position in a track event
e (1) :  goal, object
(2) :  an object of attack, ridicule, or abuse; specifically :  a victim or prospective victim of a swindle (3) :  the point under discussion (4) :  condition of being correct or accurate <her observations are on the mark>
f :  a standard of performance, quality, or condition :  norm <not feeling up to the mark lately>
a (1) :  sign, indication <a mark of his esteem> (2) :  an impression (as a scratch, scar, or stain) made on something (3) :  a distinguishing trait or quality :  characteristic <the marks of an educated person>
b :  a symbol used for identification or indication of ownership
c :  a cross made in place of a signature
d (1) :  trademark
(2) capitalized —used with a numeral to designate a particular model of a product <Mark II>
e :  a written or printed symbol (as a comma or colon)
f :  postmark
g :  a symbol used to represent a teacher's estimate of a student's work or conduct; especially :  grade
h :  a figure registering a point or level reached or achieved <the halfway mark in the game>; especially :  record
a :  attention, notice <nothing worthy of mark>
b :  importance, distinction <a person of mark>
c :  a lasting or strong impression
d :  an assessment of merits :  rating <high marks for honesty>

Origin of MARK

Middle English, from Old English mearc boundary, march, sign; akin to Old High German marha boundary, Latin margo
First Known Use: before 12th century



: to make or leave a visible mark on (something)

: to write or make (a mark)

: to write a note about (something)

Full Definition of MARK

transitive verb
a (1) :  to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of (2) :  to plot the course of :  chart
b :  to set apart by or as if by a line or boundary —usually used with off
a (1) :  to designate as if by a mark (2) :  to make or leave a mark on (3) :  to furnish with natural marks <wings marked with white> (4) :  to label so as to indicate price or quality (5) :  to make notations in or on
b (1) :  to make note of in writing :  jot <marking the date in his journal>
(2) :  to indicate by a mark or symbol <mark an accent> (3) :  register, record (4) :  to determine the value of by means of marks or symbols :  grade <mark term papers>
c (1) :  characterize, distinguish <the flamboyance that marks her style>
(2) :  signalize <this year marks our 50th anniversary>
:  to take notice of :  observe <mark my words>
:  to pick up (one's golf ball) from a putting green and substitute a marker
intransitive verb
:  to take careful notice
mark time
:  to keep the time of a marching step by moving the feet alternately without advancing
:  to maintain a static state of readiness

Examples of MARK

  1. Any little bit of dirt will mark that fabric.
  2. Be careful not to mark the floor with your shoes.
  3. mark an accent on a letter
  4. She marked an X on each box.
  5. I have marked the event on my calendar.
  6. She marked each box with an X.
  7. X marks the spot where the suspect was last seen.
  8. Use a bookmark to mark your place.
  9. We put some tape on the floor to mark where the tables should go.
  10. The dog marked the base of the tree by urinating.

Origin of MARK

Middle English, from Old English mearcian; akin to Old High German marcōn to mark, determine the boundaries of, Old English mearc boundary
First Known Use: before 12th century



Definition of MARK

:  any of various old European units of weight used especially for gold and silver; especially :  a unit equal to about eight ounces (248 grams)
:  a unit of value:
a :  an old English unit equal to 13s 4d
b :  any one of various old Scandinavian or German units of value; specifically :  a unit and corresponding silver coin of the 16th century worth 12 taler
c (1) :  deutsche mark
(2) :  the basic monetary unit of East Germany replaced in 1990 by the West German deutsche mark
d :  markka

Origin of MARK

Middle English, from Old English marc, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mǫrk mark; akin to Old English mearc sign
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun \ˈmärk\

Definition of MARK

a :  an early Jewish Christian traditionally identified as the writer of the Gospel of Mark —called also John Mark
b :  the second Gospel in the New Testament — see bible table
:  a king of Cornwall, uncle of Tristram, and husband of Isolde

Origin of MARK

Latin Marcus
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Bible Terms

antediluvian, apocalyptic, apocrypha, behemoth


noun \ˈmärk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MARK

:  a narrow deep hollow on the surface of the crown of a horse's incisor tooth that gradually becomes obliterated by the wearing away of the crown and therefore is indicative of the animal's age and usually disappears from the lower central incisors about the sixth year while traces may remain in the upper until the eleventh
:  an impression or trace made or occurring on something—see birthmark, strawberry mark
:  a cut (as an ear notch) made on livestock for identification
marked adjective


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