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 Some states, such as Maryland, put systems in place years ago to allow for remote electronic marking of absentee ballots. Washington Post, "Voting while blind has brought frustration, confusion, tears — and lots of legal fights across the country," 31 Oct. 2020 The programming will cover coding, design, marking and professional skills. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Apple to open developer school in Detroit, the first program of its kind in the US," 13 Jan. 2021 Black wrist patches also are a distinguishing marking. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "It's a 'finch winter' and other birds to watch for in Minnesota," 21 Jan. 2021 Everett estimates she’s been involved in the marking of 100. Susan Degrane,, "‘There’s a lot of history here’: Three-generation effort at Mount Greenwood Cemetery marks veterans’ graves going back to Civil War," 11 Dec. 2020 Ballots rejected as blank may also be the result of a false read if a voter has made an improper mark or used an improper marking tool. Corey Williams, Star Tribune, "Minor discrepancies at heart of GOP effort to overturn vote," 19 Nov. 2020 Indeed, Maze told me that his team’s latest research (not yet published) has also found this type of epigenetic marking in the brain tissues of people with major depressive disorder. Quanta Magazine, "The Epigenetic Secrets Behind Dopamine, Drug Addiction and Depression," 27 Oct. 2020 To figure that out, scientists place a colored marking on the animal's body. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "What are the smartest animals in the world and how do we know?," 30 Mar. 2018 The marking, which reveals a gun’s make, model and serial number, is meant to help law enforcement investigations by enabling police to trace bullets to their source and connect crimes where the same weapon was used. Alexei Koseff,, "Newsom signs bill that compels gunmakers to adopt bullet-tracing technology," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of marking

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

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“Marking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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