wa·​ter·​mark | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌmärk How to pronounce watermark (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of watermark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mark indicating the height to which water has risen
2 : a marking in paper resulting from differences in thickness usually produced by pressure of a projecting design in the mold or on a processing roll and visible when the paper is held up to the light also : the design of or the metal pattern producing the marking


watermarked; watermarking; watermarks

Definition of watermark (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to mark (paper) with a watermark
2 : to impress (a given design) as a watermark

Examples of watermark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Laura's storm surge still exceeded the all-time watermark in Cameron Parish, said Ryan Truchelut, co-founder and chief meteorologist at WeatherTiger. Ashley White, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Laura's 'unsurvivable' storm surge: It looks like Louisiana was spared, but some rural areas likely hit hard," 28 Aug. 2020 Biden set last week's ratings high watermark, attracting 24.6 million people on Thursday. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Republicans trail Democrats in first-night convention TV ratings," 25 Aug. 2020 Before The troll farm stamped images with watermarks and logos. Davey Alba, New York Times, "How Russia’s Troll Farm Is Changing Tactics Before the Fall Election," 29 Mar. 2020 No images were captured from the press screeners (which have giant watermarks on them anyway). Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Westworld season 3: I can show you the world (and then murder you)," 5 Mar. 2020 In 2019, there were 12 black quarterbacks who started N.F.L. games, one shy of the watermark reached in five seasons in the early 2000s. Elena Bergeron, New York Times, "Is the Black Quarterback Revolution Going to Last?," 2 Feb. 2020 Some of the accounts taken down on Monday had posted memes already attributed to previous IRA efforts - but had sought to rebuild them from scratch, rather than simply reposting them, and had made attempts to remove the original IRA watermarks. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook takedowns show new Russian activity targeted Biden, praised Trump," 22 Oct. 2019 From October through December 2018, Genius stepped up its watermark test and searched its lyrics every day. Ashley Cullins, Billboard, "Genius Says It Caught Google, LyricFind 'Redhanded' Stealing Lyrics in $50M Suit," 3 Dec. 2019 The high watermark came with the 1915 decision in Eller v. Lord, where a South Dakota court awarded $25,000 to the plaintiff — $650,000 in 2019 terms. Clement Knox, Time, "When U.S. Laws Punished Men for 'Seduction,' Women Were the Ones Who Got Judged," 4 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are even mobile apps like eZy Watermark (iOS, Android) that will watermark your smartphone photos. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Keep your photos from getting stolen on the internet," 15 Jan. 2020 However, these images are now watermarked, and Top Nine charges $2.99 to remove it and $2.99 to create a video of the nine images, or $3.99 for both. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Here's how to get your Top Nine Instagram collection," 31 Dec. 2019 The script, indeed, appeared on the consumer-to-consumer website with Boyega’s name watermarked on every page, according to the actor. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Star Wars leaker John Boyega explains how his Rise of Skywalker script ended up on eBay," 28 Nov. 2019 But to help smooth things over, the original tape will be destroyed and all copies watermarked, according to court documents obtained by Billboard. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Jay-Z Must Face Filmed Deposition in Lawsuit Over Failed Fragrance, Despite Fears of a Leak," 2 Oct. 2019 At the same time, the image itself degraded, growing more compressed and watermarked with more layers of text scribbled out and written over again. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 That's huge news for photographers who spend a lot of time renaming or watermarking images in Finder. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "macOS Mojave: A visual tour of Dark Mode and other major features," 26 June 2018 Real-time video watermarking technology can now do the same thing with video files, secretly plastering your name across the center of a stream. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How Copy-Pasted Text Can Hide a Secret Message That Narcs on You," 4 Apr. 2018 The data that Kogan’s app got, it wasn’t watermarked in any way. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "Mark Zuckerberg Talks to WIRED About Facebook’s Privacy Problem," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of watermark


1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Watermark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watermark. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of watermark

: a design or symbol (such as the maker's name) that is made in a piece of paper and that can be seen when the paper is held up to the light


wa·​ter·​mark | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌmärk How to pronounce watermark (audio) , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of watermark

1 : a mark that shows a level to which water has risen
2 : a mark made in paper during manufacture that is visible when the paper is held up to the light

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