from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To reserve or set aside for a particular purpose. See Synonyms at allocate.
- transitive v. To mark in an identifying or distinctive way.
- transitive v. To mark the ear of (a domestic animal) for identification.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To mark (as of sheep) by slitting the ear.
- v. 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. The designation of specific projects in appropriations of funding for general programs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mark on the ear of sheep, oxen, dogs, etc., as by cropping or slitting.
- n. A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.
- transitive v. To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.
- transitive v. To designate or reserve for a specific purpose.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
"There's been a lot of negative press around the term earmark," he explained, before pointing out some valuable projects that were funded by earmarks, such as the Iraq Study Group.
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.