American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An identifying feature or characteristic: a novel with all the earmarks of success.
- n. An identifying mark on the ear of a domestic animal.
- v. To reserve or set aside for a particular purpose. See Synonyms at allocate.
- v. To mark in an identifying or distinctive way.
- v. To mark the ear of (a domestic animal) for identification.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mark on the ear by which a sheep or other domestic animal is known.
- n. Figuratively, in law, any mark for identification, as a privy mark made on a coin.
- n. Any characteristic or distinguishing mark, natural or other, by which the ownership or relation of something is known.
- To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.
- v. transitive To mark (as of sheep) by slitting the ear.
- v. transitive, by extension To specify or set aside for a particular purpose.
- n. A mark or deformation of the ear of an animal intended to indicate ownership.
- n. US, politics The designation of specific projects in appropriations of funding for general programs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mark on the ear of sheep, oxen, dogs, etc., as by cropping or slitting.
- n. A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.
- v. To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.
- v. To designate or reserve for a specific purpose.
- n. identification mark on the ear of a domestic animal
- v. give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
- n. a distinctive characteristic or attribute
- ear + mark (Wiktionary)
“The term earmark originated in ancient England when farmers tagged -- or marked the ears -- of their livestock mixed among the village herd.”
“If they don't like the term earmark, they can call it a member initiative.”
“Then if the author votes against the bill, he obviously does not want his earmark, therefore if the bill passes, the earmark is struck and whatever monies are associated with that earmark reverts back to the discretionary budget of whatever government department was in charge of releasing those funds.”
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“Glad Shor wrote the earmark is for “Asian carp fish.””
“An earmark is a line-item that is inserted into a bill to direct funds to a specific project or recipient without any public hearing or review.”
“OK, assume for the sake of argument that the Mud Mountain Dam earmark is a Rube Goldberg device Cantwell cooked up to get repaid by Dotzauer.”
“The word earmark comes from the days when people would mark cows 'ears to show who owned them.”
“She explains how Earmark Invitations got its name. i sat down with my friendly little thesaurus one day and searched for a good word, under target i saw the word earmark, thought it had a nice ring to it a characteristic or identifying feature, is the description.”
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Budgetese - not a sexy topic but a very comprehensive list of words and collocations used in EU circles. Budgeting experts please comment and expand.
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Everything sheep, from Artiodactyla to zodiac.
An extensive list I have been working on for quite some time. Feel free to add more of the kind if you miss any.
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All the words which I encounter during my GRE studies. :)
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