mark·ing | \ˈmär-kiŋ \

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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Public Works Director Stephen Kline said the contractor will restripe all of the garage’s 1,040 spaces and directional arrows and other pavement markings. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air approves contracts for parking garage striping, Armory security upgrades," 22 June 2018 One of the keys to Switzerland's success was midfielder Valon Behrami, whose tough tackling and marking of Neymar canceled out the threat of the world's most expensive player for most of the match against Brazil. Mike Corder,, "Serbia want to close in on Round of 16 against Switzerland," 21 June 2018 Pay attention to pavement markings along the route. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hop safely: Milwaukee releases tips for driving, walking and biking near 'The Hop' streetcars," 20 June 2018 Interstate 77 in south Charlotte will soon be resurfaced, and the N.C. Department of Transportation also plans to improve pavement markings and painted lane lines. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "One of Charlotte's busiest highways to get smoother surface, better markings," 8 June 2018 If Waymo can build machine learning models to train its neural nets to drive on streets with unclear markings, than Waymo’s self-driving cars can put the Phoenix suburbs in its rear view and eventually hit the open road. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Inside Waymo’s strategy to grow the best brains for self-driving cars," 9 May 2018 Brown recluse Similar to the black widow, brown recluse spiders also have a distinct marking. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Brown recluse, black widow and other dangerous spiders found in the US," 10 July 2018 Orange markings from the police investigation are still seen on the street. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "XXXTentacion Fans Create Memorial at Florida Shooting Scene," 19 June 2018 Only two of the ceramic pieces from the shipwreck bear the Jianning Fu inscription, but many others have inscriptions or markings that might tell archaeologists more about the origins of the ship’s cargo. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "An 800-year-old label may rewrite the history of a Java Sea shipwreck," 16 May 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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have (all) the markings of

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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 \

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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