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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After that incident, when staff at the detention center found light markings on Epstein’s neck, officials placed him on suicide watch for about a week before returning him to the special housing unit, where prisoners get more scrutiny and security. Washington Post, "Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy concludes his death was a suicide by hanging," 16 Aug. 2019 Our only complaint was a small one: The temperature markings on the knob are thin, little lines that are difficult to read. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Your Ultimate Grill Buying Guide—Tested and Approved," 18 July 2019 But overall, goal-scoring chances were slim in a match where tight marking was the priority from the outset. Field Level Media, The Mercury News, "Danny Hoesen’s goal lifts San Jose Earthquakes past Real Salt Lake," 6 July 2019 The plush toy, with its frayed-off tag and mysterious markings on its forehead, was enough to spook Jensen and her boyfriend. Alexis Shanes, USA TODAY, "When a Pennywise doll landed in woman's backyard, she says she burned it and slept with a knife," 19 Oct. 2018 The evidence that led investigators to St. Louis include distinct markings on his car, information from a license plate reader about 3 miles from the synagogue and cellphone records. Doug Phillips,, "Broward man held in shooting outside Miami-Dade synagogue," 21 Aug. 2019 One man was smoking a cigar and the van did not have any markings on it, Barnstable police Sgt. NBC News, "Saoirse Kennedy Hill, found dead at her family's Cape Cod compound, battled depression," 2 Aug. 2019 Black said the pavement will be widened and improvements will be made to the area’s storm sewers and pavement markings along a .037-mile stretch of roadway. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "TxDOT keeps U.S. 290 projects moving forward in Cypress area," 5 Aug. 2019 The database compares high-resolution images of shell casings to find markings unique to a certain weapon. USA TODAY, "Big butter sculpture, sweet guitar, owl released: News from around our 50 states," 24 July 2019

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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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