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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From the markings on tanks to the classification of aircraft, the armed services use a lot of symbology and abbreviated text to quickly convey information. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Military’s Cryptic Letters, Numbers, and Symbols, Explained," 6 Dec. 2018 The black markings on the trunks become stylized eyes and the once-benign forest becomes threatening. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Jennifer Steinkamp: Blind Eye’ Review: Exploring the Digital Landscape," 20 Aug. 2018 To help speed the boarding process, Metro has been installing new floor markings on platforms around the system. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Check out Metro’s Crayola-colored escalator guides and other improvements," 10 Apr. 2018 Election officials will then scrutinize ballots with irregular markings to interpret how the voter intended to cast their ballot—a process that Democrats have already contested in court. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Florida’s Election Procedures Under Multiple Legal Challenges," 14 Nov. 2018 The video of the May 1 event in Paris, revealed Wednesday by the Le Monde newspaper, shows Benalla in a helmet with police markings. Fox News, "The Latest: Macron aide given initial charges from beating," 22 July 2018 Brad Galvan, a former supervisory special agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said that markings on the packages from the U.S. Postal Service or other carriers are among the best clues. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Search for Bomb Suspect Intensifies," 25 Oct. 2018 Pacheco allegedly showed officers a tattoo of the number 13 on the back of his hand, a teardrop inking on his face as well as a number of other permanent markings on his body. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Alleged MS-13 member asks court to reverse deportation because he's afraid his tattoos will get him killed," 27 Sep. 2018 The experts said their inspection of the debris also turned up power converters produced by a Japanese company and Cyrillic markings on components, suggesting a possible Russian link. Edith M. Lederer, The Seattle Times, "UN experts say Iran might want to help end war in Yemen," 31 July 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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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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