Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The natural characteristics of each individual of a species.
  • n. An unplowed ridge of land left to serve as a boundary; a balk.

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Examples

  • His head and feet were all popped into a big pot where we used to make soup for the pigs, and by the time it had been boiling an hour or two there was no fear of any one swearing to the yellow steer by ‘head-mark’.

    Robbery Under Arms

  • I knew what it was that she looked upon as she turned back toward that spot -- it was one more low mound, simple, unpretentious, added to the many which had been placed there this last century and a half; one more little gray sandstone head-mark, cut simply with the name and dates of him who rested there, last in a long roll of our others.

    The Way of a Man

  • His head and feet were all popped into a big pot where we used to make soup for the pigs, and by the time it had been boiling an hour or two there was no fear of any one swearing to the yellow steer by 'head-mark'.

    Robbery under Arms; a story of life and adventure in the bush and in the Australian goldfields

  • Archie, whom habit had made so perfectly acquainted with the library, that he knew every book, as a shepherd does the individuals of his flock, by what is called head-mark, and could bring his master whatever volume he wanted, and afford all the mechanical aid the Duke required in his literary researches.

    The Antiquary — Volume 02

  • "I live by twa trades, sir," replied the blythe old man -- "fiddle, sir, and spade; filling the world, and emptying of it; and I suld ken baith cast of customers by head-mark in thirty years 'practice."

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • “I live by twa trades, sir,” replied the blythe old man — “fiddle, sir, and spade; filling the world, and emptying of it; and I suld ken baith cast of customers by head-mark in thirty years’ practice.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • a degree betwixt the Doctor and the Student, so, after the first step, there is but a degree betwixt the Demirep and the gazetted Cyprian, who is known by head-mark to every insipid Amateur and Fancier in the town.

    Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II. Or, The Rambles And Adventures Of Bob Tallyho, Esq., And His Cousin, The Hon. Tom Dashall, Through The Metropolis; Exhibiting A Living Picture Of Fashionable Characters, Manners, And Amusements In High And Low Life (1821)

  • "To be sure, folk canna help kenning the folk by head-mark that they see aye glowring and looking at them at kirk and market; but I ken few lads to speak to unless it be them o 'the family, and the three Steinsons, and Tam Rand, and the young miller, and the five

    Old Mortality, Complete

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