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 The altered version of the photo added Biden's face along with the watermark PatriotRetort.com, where the image originated. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2021 Gamers see a developer’s watermark before their games boot up. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2021 In 2007, the last high watermark for American fertility, about 6% of women who were trying to prevent pregnancy used long-acting, reversible contraceptives like IUDs — already a significant jump from 2000, when about 2% did. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 In fact, the watermark for Alamy, a stock image website, is visible in the meme. Devon Link, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2018 In at least one case, the criminals changed the main photo but not the one in the smaller watermark, where the ID theft victim’s image could still be seen, according to the DOJ complaint. Thomas Brewster, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Meanwhile, Representative Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung, a Cranston Republican, has introduced legislation at the State House that would require mail ballots to include a watermark for verification purposes. BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2021 Obama’s 53% of the popular vote in 2008 remains their high watermark. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, 11 Mar. 2021 The Tennessee Legislature nearly unanimously approved a bill that requires the addition of a watermark on all absentee ballots. Jon Styf, Washington Examiner, 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 That's huge news for photographers who spend a lot of time renaming or watermarking images in Finder. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 26 June 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 23 Jul. 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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