watermark

noun
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

watermark

verb
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 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 Whether ruining your photos by using a watermark is worth the copyright protection is a big debate in the photography community. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Keep your photos from getting stolen on the internet," 15 Jan. 2020 The new 3 Series is a high watermark for the nameplate. Washington Post, "Edmunds: Upstart Genesis G70 holds its own with BMW 3 Series," 11 July 2019 The broadcasts, including the studio segments, were simply BeIN’s with a new watermark. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A Fight in the Middle East Opens a New Front: Sports Television," 16 Jan. 2020 But even so, a great watermark then was Tom Cruise. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Nick Offerman is just like you'd think (only not really). Here's why," 10 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Photographers will be able to upload their pictures and get them securely watermarked using a cryptographic hash that will then be immortalized on the blockchain. Stephan Goss, Fortune, "Commentary: Don’t Buy Kodak’s New Cryptocurrency. Buy its Stock Instead.," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of watermark

Noun

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of watermark was in 1577

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17 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Watermark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watermark. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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watermark

noun
How to pronounce watermark (audio)

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

watermark

noun
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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