reference mark

noun

: a conventional mark (such as *, †, or ‡) placed in written or printed text to direct the reader's attention especially to a footnote

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cut just to the outside of the curved line, leaving a small flat on the top edge of the upright where the center line is marked as a reference mark. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 25 Feb. 2020 On each piece put a reference mark on the end grain to indicate the flattest side. Ricard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, 8 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reference mark was in 1856

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“Reference mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reference%20mark. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

reference mark

noun
: a conventional mark (as *, †, or ‡) placed in written or printed text to call the reader's attention especially to a footnote
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