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 There is no official marking of COVID-19 anniversaries in Connecticut, not the first of 730,811 positive tests, the first of 10,615 deaths nor the first of six emergency declarations, all of which took place in March 2020. Mark Pazniokas,, 16 Mar. 2022 On an episode of The Ellen Show, Kardashian said the comedian had paid homage to the new relationship with a permanent marking on his body. Ashley Abramson, Allure, 30 Mar. 2022 Voters will use a touch screen to make selections on ballot marking devices, then print out the official paper ballot and drop it in the ballot box. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 Kardashian said Davidson is the process of removing tattoos on his arm and neck but wanted to honor his girlfriend with a permanent marking. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 The plaintiffs' attorneys, who began building their case in 2016, contend the chalk marking practice violates the Fourth Amendment’s restriction on unreasonable searches and seizures. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 27 Jan. 2022 The paintings’ large-scale format — 10-foot and 12-foot canvases are common — offers a big field to merge figurative and abstract forms via thick, gestural, improvisational mark-marking. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 If the cast-vote record is the finish line of counting votes, the starting line begins with the marking of a paper ballot and the tabulation system’s initial assignment of votes. Steven Rosenfeld, The New Republic, 27 Jan. 2022 And his animals became recognized for their lack of a marking. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of marking

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

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5 May 2022

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“Marking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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