from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A visible trace or impression, such as a line or spot.
  • n. A sign, such as a cross, made in lieu of a signature.
  • n. A written or printed symbol used for punctuation; a punctuation mark.
  • n. A number, letter, or symbol used to indicate various grades of academic achievement: got a mark of 95 instead of 100.
  • n. An appraisal; a rating. Often used in the plural: earned high marks from her superiors.
  • n. An inscription, name, stamp, label, or seal placed on an article to signify ownership, quality, manufacture, or origin.
  • n. A notch in an animal's ear or hide indicating ownership.
  • n. Nautical A knot or piece of material placed at various measured lengths on a sounding line to indicate the depth of the water.
  • n. Nautical A Plimsoll mark.
  • n. A distinctive trait or property: Good manners are the mark of a civilized person.
  • n. A lasting effect: The experience had left its mark.
  • n. A particular mode, brand, size, or quality of a product, especially a weapon or machine.
  • n. A recognized standard of quality: schoolwork that is not up to the mark.
  • n. Importance; prominence: "a fellow of no mark nor likelihood” ( Shakespeare).
  • n. Notice; attention: a matter unworthy of mark.
  • n. A target: "A mounted officer would be a conspicuous mark” ( Ambrose Bierce).
  • n. Something that one wishes to achieve; a goal.
  • n. An object or point that serves as a guide.
  • n. Slang A person who is the intended victim of a swindler; a dupe.
  • n. Sports The place from which racers begin and sometimes end their contest.
  • n. A point reached or gained: the halfway mark of the race.
  • n. A record: set a new mark in the long jump.
  • n. Sports A strike or spare in bowling.
  • n. Sports A stationary ball in lawn bowling; a jack.
  • n. A boundary between countries.
  • n. A tract of land in medieval England and Germany held in common by a community.
  • n. Computer Science A character or feature in a file, record, or data stream used to locate a specific point or condition.
  • transitive v. To make a visible trace or impression on, as with a spot, line, or dent.
  • transitive v. To form, make, or depict by making a mark: marked a square on the board.
  • transitive v. To supply with natural markings: gray fur that is marked with stripes.
  • transitive v. To single out or indicate by or as if by a mark: marked the spot where the treasure was buried; a career marked for glory.
  • transitive v. To distinguish or characterize: the exuberance that marks her writings; marked the occasion with celebrations.
  • transitive v. To make conspicuous: a concert marking the composer's 60th birthday.
  • transitive v. To set off or separate by or as if by a line or boundary: marked off the limits of our property.
  • transitive v. To attach or affix identification, such as a price tag or maker's label, to.
  • transitive v. To evaluate (academic work) according to a scale of letters or numbers; grade.
  • transitive v. To give attention to; notice: Mark her expression of discontent. Mark my words: they are asking for trouble.
  • transitive v. To take note of in writing; write down: marked the appointment on my calendar.
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To record (the score) in various games.
  • transitive v. Sports To guard (an opponent), as in soccer.
  • intransitive v. To make a visible impression: This pen will mark under water.
  • intransitive v. To receive a visible impression: The floor marks easily.
  • intransitive v. Sports & Games To keep score.
  • intransitive v. To determine academic grades: a teacher who marks strictly.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To pay attention; notice.
  • mark down To mark for sale at a lower price.
  • mark up To deface by covering with marks.
  • mark up To mark for sale at a higher price.
  • idiom beside the mark Beside the point; irrelevant.
  • idiom mark time To move the feet alternately in the rhythm of a marching step without advancing.
  • idiom mark time To suspend progress for the time being; wait in readiness.
  • idiom mark time To function in an apathetic or ineffective manner.
  • n. An English and Scottish monetary unit that was equal to 13 shillings and 4 pence.
  • n. Any of several European units of weight that were equal to about 8 ounces (227 grams), used especially for weighing gold and silver.
  • n. A deutsche mark.
  • n. A markka.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. boundary, land in a boundary
  • n. characteristic, sign, visible impression
  • n. indicator of position, objective etc.
  • n. attention
  • v. To indicate in some way for later reference.
  • v. To take note of.
  • v. To blemish, scratch, or stain.
  • v. To indicate the correctness of and give a score to an essay, exam answers, etc.
  • v. To catch the ball directly from a kick of 15 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick.
  • v. To follow a player not in possession of the ball when defending, to prevent them receiving a pass easily.
  • v. To put a marker in the place of one's ball.
  • n. A measure of weight (especially for gold and silver), once used throughout Europe, equivalent to 8 oz.
  • n. An English and Scottish unit of currency (originally valued at one mark weight of silver), equivalent to 13 shillings and fourpence.
  • n. Any of various European monetary units, especially the base unit of currency of Germany between 1948 and 2002, equal to 100 pfennigs.
  • n. A mark coin.
  • v. Alternative form of march (said to be easier to pronounce while giving a command).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A license of reprisals. See marque.
  • n. An old weight and coin. See marc.
  • n. The unit of monetary account of the German Empire, equal to 23.8 cents of United States money (1913); the equivalent of one hundred pfennigs. Also, a silver coin of this value. The unit was retained by subsequent German states up to the time of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1995, the value was approximately 65 cents American. In 1999 it began to be superseded by the Euro as a unit of currency in Germany and throughout much of the European union.
  • n. A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like, drawn or impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some information or intimation; a token; a trace.
  • n.
  • n. A character or device put on an article of merchandise by the maker to show by whom it was made; a trade-mark.
  • n. A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a signature by one who can not write.
  • n. A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a traveler, a surveyor, etc..
  • n. A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar, stain, etc..
  • n. An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a permanent impression of one's activity or character.
  • n. That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at; what one seeks to hit or reach.
  • n. Attention, regard, or respect.
  • n. Limit or standard of action or fact
  • n. Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station.
  • n. Preëminence; high position
  • n. A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential.
  • n. A number or other character used in registering
  • n. Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one's image; children; descendants.
  • n. One of the bits of leather or colored bunting which are placed upon a sounding line at intervals of from two to five fathoms. The unmarked fathoms are called “deeps.”
  • intransitive v. To take particular notice; to observe critically; to note; to remark.
  • transitive v. To put a mark upon; to affix a significant mark to; to make recognizable by a mark
  • transitive v. To be a mark upon; to designate; to indicate; -- used literally and figuratively
  • transitive v. To leave a trace, scratch, scar, or other mark, upon, or any evidence of action
  • transitive v. To keep account of; to enumerate and register.
  • transitive v. To notice or observe; to give attention to; to take note of; to remark; to heed; to regard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a mark or marks on; apply or attach a mark to; affect with a mark or marks by drawing, impressing, stamping, cutting, imposing, or the like.
  • To apply or fix by drawing, impressing, stamping, or the like; form by making a mark or marks: as, to mark a line or square on a board; to mark a name or direction on a package.
  • To serve as a mark or characteristic of; distinguish or point out, literally or figuratively; stamp or characterize.
  • To notice; observe particularly; take note of; regard; heed.
  • To single out; designate; point out.
  • To wound; strike.
  • To mark at a lower rate; reduce the price-marks on: as, to mark down prices; to mark down a line or stock of goods.
  • To notify, as by a mark; point out; designate: as, the ringleaders were marked out for punishment.
  • To indicate the rhythm for music; beat time.
  • To show, evince, indicate, betoken, denote.
  • To note, remark.
  • To act as marker or score-keeper; keep a score; set down or record results at successive stages.
  • To note; take notice.
  • To march; proceed.
  • Dark.
  • n. Dark; darkness.
  • n. A visible impression made by some material object upon another; a line, dot, dent, cut, stamp, bruise, scar, spot, stain, etc., consisting either of the visible effect produced by the impressing object or the transfer of a part of its substance.
  • n. Specifically—2. An impressed or attached sign, stamp, label, or ticket; a significant or distinguishing symbol or device; that which is impressed or stamped upon or fixed to something for information, identification, or verification: as, a manufacturer's marks on his wares (see trade-mark); the mark made by an illiterate person opposite or between the parts of his name when written by another on his behalf; a merchant's private marks on his goods, to indicate their price or other particulars to his assistants; a mark branded on an animal by its owner; to give a student so many marks for proficiency. See hall-mark.
  • n. A distinguishing physical peculiarity; a spot, mote, nævus, special formation, or other singularity; a natural sign: as, a birth-mark; the marks on sea-shells or wild animals.
  • n. A significant note, character, sign, token, or indication; a determinative attestation. In logic, to say that a thing has a certain mark is to say that something in particular is true of it. Thus, according to a certain school of metaphysicians, “incognizability is a mark of the Infinite.”
  • n. A guiding or indicative sign or token.
  • n. A badge, banner, or other distinguishing device.
  • n. An object aimed at; a point of assault or attack; especially, something set up or marked out to be shot at: often used figuratively: as, to hit or miss the mark; a mark for detraction.
  • n. An object of endeavor; a point or purpose striven for; that which one aims to reach or attain.
  • n. An attainable point or limit; capacity for reaching; reach; range.
  • n. An object of note or observation; hence, a pattern or example.
  • n. Right to notice or observation; claim or title to distinction; importance; eminence: as, a man of mark.
  • n. A marking or noting; note; attention; observance.
  • n. A license of reprisals. See marque.
  • n. A boundary; a bound or limit noted or established; hence, a set standard, or a limit to be reached: as, to speak within the mark; to be up to the mark.
  • n. In the middle ages, in England and Germany, a tract of land belonging in common to a community of freemen, who divided the cultivated portion or arable mark among their individual members, used the common or ordinary mark together for pasturage or other general purposes, and dwelt in the village mark or central portion, or apart on their holdings. It was a customary tenure, like that of the existing Russian mir, and was similarly managed and governed.
  • n. Image; likeness.
  • n. Hence The mass of beings having a common likeness; posterity.
  • n. To make one's influence felt; gain a position of influence and distinction.
  • n. Badge.
  • n. Characteristic, proof.
  • n. A unit of weight used in England before the Conquest, and in nearly all the countries of Europe down to the introduction of the metric system, especially for gold and silver.
  • n. An Anglo-Saxon and early English money of account.
  • n. A modern silver coin of the German empire, containing precisely 5 grams of fine silver, or 0.20784 of that in a United States silver dollar.
  • n. A silver coin of Scotland issued in 1663 by Charles II., worth at the time 13s. 4d. Scotch (or 13 pence and one third of a penny English).
  • n. In ordnance (followed by a Roman numeral), an expression used to distinguish different designs of the same size and type of gun or mount: as, 6-inch B. L. R., mark II (a 6-inch caliber breech-loading rifle-gun of a design indicated as marked two).
  • n. In Australia, a person, conspicuous in the community for his integrity and high business standing, who would rather allow himself to be imposed upon than seem to impose upon another; an ‘easy mark’ for the unscrupulous.
  • n. A current silver coin of Finland, equal to 100 pennia (see penni), and equivalent to 19 cents.
  • n. A silver coin of Schleswig-Holstein, equal to 16 skillings, and equivalent to 24 cents.
  • n. Same as marc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
  • n. an indication of damage
  • v. insert punctuation marks into
  • n. a visible indication made on a surface
  • v. put a check mark on or near or next to
  • v. establish as the highest level or best performance
  • v. mark by some ceremony or observation
  • n. a distinguishing symbol
  • n. Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel
  • v. mark with a scar
  • n. the impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember
  • n. something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal
  • n. a marking that consists of lines that cross each other
  • v. make small marks into the surface of
  • n. a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)
  • n. formerly the basic unit of money in Germany
  • n. the shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament
  • v. assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation
  • n. a symbol of disgrace or infamy
  • v. attach a tag or label to
  • v. be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
  • n. a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
  • n. a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
  • v. designate as if by a mark
  • v. notice or perceive
  • v. remove from a list
  • v. make or leave a mark on
  • n. a reference point to shoot at
  • n. a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)
  • v. make underscoring marks


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English mearc.
Middle English, from Old English marc. Sense 3, translation of German Mark. Sense 4, translation of Finnish markka.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English mark, merk, merke, from Old English mearc ("mark, sign, line of division; standard; boundary, limit, term, border; defined area, district, province"), from Proto-Germanic *markō (“boundary; boundary marker”), from Proto-Indo-European *marǵ- (“edge, boundary, border”). Cognate with Dutch mark, merk ("mark, brand"), German Mark ("mark; borderland"), Swedish mark ("mark, land, territory"), Icelandic mark ("mark, sign"), Latin margo ("edge, margin"). Compare march.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English mark, from Old English marc ("a denomination of weight (usu. half a pound), mark (money of account)"), from Proto-Germanic *markan (“mark, sign”), from Proto-Indo-European *marǵ- (“edge, boundary, border”). Cognate with Dutch mark ("mark"), German Mark ("a weight of silver, a coin"), Swedish mark ("a stamped coin"), Icelandic mörk ("a weight (usu. a pound) of silver or gold").


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  • "A significant note, character, sign, token, or indication; a determinative attestation. In logic, to say that a thing has a certain mark is to say that something in particular is true of it. Thus, according to a certain school of metaphysicians, “incognizability is a mark of the Infinite.”"

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