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

Examples of marking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The traditional markings carved down her cheeks gave the impression of a permanent stream of tears. Rebecca Hamilton, Washington Post, "The Georgetown Student Who Became Justice Minister of Sudan," 5 Feb. 2020 With careful inspection, one notices how a layering of pigment creates a pictorial space that is constantly in flux, modulating the markings so that an overall shape is only loosely present. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, "Warm and fuzzy: Marjorie Norman Schwarz’s paintings at Dallas’ 12.26 gallery reward viewers’ patience," 15 Jan. 2020 Toman also removed all the Mercedes markings from the outside of the vehicle and painted the carbon-fiber trim silver to make the car look non-descript. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "‘Cannonball Run’ cross-country speed record set by Twinsburg man, two others," 6 Dec. 2019 The footage was met with outcry, with some concerned that the markings might put the animal at risk in the wild or prevent it from blending into its snowy environment. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Video of spray-painted polar bear sparks concern, but experts say not to worry," 4 Dec. 2019 The markings seen today likely represent just a fraction of those originally created. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "You Can Now Explore a 3-D Model of Cave Covered in Creepy ‘Witches’ Marks’," 7 Nov. 2019 The markings were also found at the Redstone Shopping Center and on Oak Street, Sunrise Avenue, Montvale Avenue, Cottage Street, and William Street, according to Stoneham police., "Graffiti portraying pentagrams, devils’ heads, and the numbers “666” were discovered throughout Stoneham on Saturday, prompting an investigation by Stoneham police, according to a police statement.," 27 Oct. 2019 The White House declined to comment Wednesday about the unusual markings or other apparent discrepancies. Anchorage Daily News, "Odd markings, ellipses fuel doubts about the ‘rough transcript’ of Trump’s Ukraine call," 3 Oct. 2019 It will be known as the Red Hawk and carry the same red-tail markings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy to soar on new Air Force jet," 28 Sep. 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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10 Feb 2020

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“Marking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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