mark·​ing | \ ˈmär-kiŋ How to pronounce marking (audio) \

Definition of marking

1 : the act, process, or an instance of making or giving a mark
2a : a mark made
b : arrangement, pattern, or disposition of marks

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Besides widening the road the project includes curb improvements, asphalt overlay, installation of a new storm system and pavement markings. Sue Kiesewetter,, "Fairfield plans to widen North Gilmore Road," 15 Mar. 2018 Ford’s self-driving vehicles deftly handled a variety of challenging scenarios that have been known to trip up even the most skilled AVs, from unprotected left-hand turns, to construction zones, to narrow, two-way roads without lane markings. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018 Which is to say, a garment that once had a purpose — cloaking the female athlete in the socially acceptable markings of her gender so her power was somehow less threatening — but serves it no longer. Vanessa Friedman, The Seattle Times, "Forget Serena Williams’ catsuit. What’s the point of the tennis dress?," 28 Aug. 2018 Campbell floated in a corner and Waston rose to glance it past Sommer, who was left exposed by the poor marking of his defence., "Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica: Swiss Set Up Sweden Meeting as Los Ticos Go Home With a Point," 27 June 2018 The car is using its sensors to detect the lane markings and center the car, but frequent input to the wheel by the driver keeps the system on. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "The ad shows: a car cruising on its own. The manual warns: driver, never stop paying attention," 29 May 2018 But in reality, even sealed concrete will show markings, especially spills like olive oil, red wine, juice, or coffee. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Concrete Countertops: Is the Home Trend All It's Cracked up to Be?," 12 Dec. 2018 Three beautiful horses — different colors and markings, as if they were planted by a movie director — graze in a field as a large tornado writhes in the background. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Watch these horses graze peacefully while a tornado writhes in the background," 22 June 2018 For instance, Big Beef, Oregon Spring and Big Brandy tomatoes, all of which scored a 7 out of 9 in overall ranking (the highest markings for tomatoes), should be fairly easy to find. Kjerstin Gabrielson,, "Master Gardeners put vegetable varieties to the test in Oregon for new publication," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of marking

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of marking was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of marking

: a mark, shape, or word that is written or drawn on something
: a mark or pattern of marks on the body of an animal
: the act or process of giving a grade to a student's work


mark·​ing | \ ˈmär-kiŋ How to pronounce marking (audio) \

Kids Definition of marking

1 : a shape, symbol, or word on something
2 : the arrangement or pattern of contrasting colors on an animal The white cat had black markings on its tail.

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