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 Earlier this week, the rolling average had decreased by 62% from that high watermark, according to data from the state Department of Public Health. Tamar Hallerman, ajc, 25 Sep. 2021 How come the white paint for the field markings was so light — a watermark comes too mind — that the numerals, yard lines and logos were barely visible on television? San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 Made until the marque ceased production, Auburn’s 851 Speedster was the high watermark of the company’s output. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2021 Russia’s Parliament elections — amid Putin’s withering crackdown on opposition — run Friday to Sunday and, to many Putin opponents, serve as another low-watermark for Russian post-Soviet democracy. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 The superhero action adventure, starring Simu Liu, had an even bigger debut than expected, collecting $90 million in its first four days of release, setting a new high watermark for the holiday weekend. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 Also, notice the watermark: After that came the big bombshell. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 Aug. 2021 The video shows someone screening the trailer on their cell phone, a watermark for a VFX artist overlaid on the video. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 22 Aug. 2021 After the monthly employment report confirmed that the U.S. economy continued to recover at a healthy clip, the S&P 500 added 32.40 points, or 0.8%, to 4352.34, setting a seventh consecutive record, its longest watermark streak since mid-1997. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, 2 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some watermark their composites with original logos. Fawnia Soo Hoo, refinery29.com, 24 Aug. 2021 Artists who are concerned about digital piracy should watermark their photos. arkansasonline.com, 26 Mar. 2021 Bluitt has tried to watermark her photos, but they are stolen anyway. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 16 Nov. 2020 There are even mobile apps like eZy Watermark (iOS, Android) that will watermark your smartphone photos. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, 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, 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, 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, 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, 27 Dec. 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 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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