variants: or sirmark \ ˈsərˌmärk \

Definition of surmark

1 : a mark made on the molds of a ship when building to show where the frames should be beveled
2 : a cleat temporarily placed on the side of a ship on the ways or in a ship dock to support the ribband against which the shores rest

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for surmark

surmark from sur- + mark; sirmark probably alteration (influenced by sir entry 1) of surmark

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about surmark

Statistics for surmark

Cite this Entry

“Surmark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

Comments on surmark

What made you want to look up surmark? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!