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watermark

noun wa·ter·mark \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌmärk , ˈwä- \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of watermark

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

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First Known Use of watermark

1577

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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watermark

verb

Definition of watermark

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

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First Known Use of watermark

circa 1800

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WATERMARK Defined for English Language Learners

watermark

Definition of watermark for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WATERMARK Defined for Kids

watermark

noun wa·ter·mark \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌmärk , ˈwä- \

Definition of watermark for Students

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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