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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The Frenchman got an assist from JCOMMOPS, an international marine observatory, which provided him with markers to drop off at various parts of the sea to help study ocean currents. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This 72-Year-Old Frenchman Just Crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a Giant Orange Barrel," 7 May 2019 Details including brass inlay in the natural oak herringbone floors, which run the length of the hallway, signify another important marker in creating a natural flow. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Unconventionally Glam Family Home in Chicago’s Historic Palmolive Building," 30 Apr. 2019 The line includes liquid highlighters in the form of highlighter markers, makeup removers made to look like erasers, pencil-themed makeup brushes, nail polish in a white-out bottle, a Macbook-style eyeshadow palette with 30 shades, and more. Kaleigh Fasanella, Teen Vogue, "Moschino and Sephora Created a New Makeup Collection," 17 Apr. 2019 Cedric Johnson created his complex, swirling pattern with colored pencils, markers, and acrylic paint, while Aurie Ramirez painted her flying unicorn with pastel watercolors. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Method Soap Bottles Get a Colorful Makeover Thanks to Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center," 5 Feb. 2019 Historical markers throughout the town, inform visitors about about the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Algerina Perna, baltimoresun.com, "Exploring historical Havre de Grace," 22 June 2018 The memorial is shrouded in white pine, red cedar and fir trees at the corner of Rhine Road and County Highway FF and would be easy to miss by passing motorists save for the state historical marker at the side of the road. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sheboygan County community remembers its Civil War dead 150 years after it erected memorial," 28 May 2018 Others are little more than notations in obscure history books, or a historical marker along the highway. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "For some in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a ghost town is home," 16 Feb. 2018 The ribbon-cutting for 10 new historical markers to be embedded in sidewalks around North Beach, Telegraph and Russian hills will take place at the site of one of them: Spec’s 12 Adler Museum Cafe, 12 Saroyan Place, at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Movie to portray George Moscone as an equal rights trailblazer," 14 Feb. 2018

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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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