marker

noun
mark·​er | \ ˈmär-kər How to pronounce marker (audio) \

Definition of marker

1 : one that marks
2 : something used for marking: such as
a : a type of felt tip pen that makes wide lines drew a tree with green and brown markers used a permanent marker to label the boxes
b : any of various sewing devices for making or indicating guidelines a pin marker for hemlines
3 : score sense 7 specifically : run
5 : something that serves to identify, predict, or characterize: such as
a : biomarker

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Synonyms for marker

Synonyms

label, tag, ticket

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Examples of marker in a Sentence

A person's accent can be a marker of social class. the markers on the rock and mineral specimens were old and faded

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In both cases, the assertion of innateness has sent scientists on a quest for a physical gay or trans biological marker: a tell-tale brain structure, a mutant gene. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump wants to deny transgender rights on religious grounds. But what if gender identity, itself, is a matter of the soul?," 5 July 2019 One marker highlights Paul Mellon’s life and philanthropy. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 The mission bell marker system was established along the entire length of El Camino Real in 1906. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "As tensions flare over monuments, universities target California’s mission past," 4 July 2019 There's no such historical marker Thursday for Trump, who for the past two years has sought a moment to orchestrate a display of America's military prowess. Author: Darlene Superville, Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump vows July 4 ‘show of a lifetime’ as protesters gather," 4 July 2019 Anniversary plans include a historic marker dedication and a Round-Up Day party, according to Wilson’s office. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al.com, "Fairhope making plans for 125th anniversary festivities," 3 July 2019 There’s no such historical marker Thursday for Trump, who for the past two years has sought a moment to orchestrate a display of America’s military prowess. Kevin Freking, Twin Cities, "Trump vows July 4 ‘show of a lifetime’ as protesters gather," 3 July 2019 There's no such historical marker Thursday for Trump, who for the past two years has sought a moment to orchestrate a display of America's military prowess. Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, "Trump vows July 4 ‘show of a lifetime’ on National Mall as protesters gather," 3 July 2019 Char appeared in First Circuit Court in Honolulu on Monday with his head completely covered with what appeared to be permanent black marker ink, NBC affiliate KHNL reported. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "White man shows up in blackface to protest attempted murder conviction in Hawaii," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of marker

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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marker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marker

: something (such as a sign or an object) that shows the location of something
: something that shows the presence or existence of something
: a type of pen that makes wide lines

marker

noun
mark·​er | \ ˈmär-kər How to pronounce marker (audio) \

Medical Definition of marker

: something that serves to identify, predict, or characterize a surface marker on a cell that acts as an antigen : as
a : biomarker The recent discovery of a serological marker for the hepatitis C virus has greatly improved diagnostic accuracy for this form of hepatitis. — Gary P. Wormser, letter in The Journal of the American Medical Association, 12 June 1991
b : genetic marker The idea in genetic linkage analysis is to see if any particular marker, which serves as a signpost for a specific region of a chromosome, is consistently inherited along with the disease …— Leslie Roberts, Science, 29 Jan. 1993

called also marker gene

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