from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mark so made (as on the floor of a farm-house or barn) that the sun will indicate by it the time of noon.


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  • The old lady was not less cordial in her manner toward their visitor; but she seemed in a great hurry to get dinner upon the table, for the men were coming from the field, and the sun had crossed the noon-mark.

    Be Courteous or, Religion, the True Refiner

  • So, though George was acknowledged to be a good fellow, and honest as the noon-mark on the kitchen floor, he let slip so many chances of making money as seriously to compromise his reputation among thriving folks.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • The sun in the doorway had crept to the noon-mark, and away again.

    Judith of the Cumberlands

  • The noon-mark on its floor was a dial that told of some of the happiest days; thereby did we right up the shortcomings of the solemn old clock that tick-tacked in the corner, and whose ticks seemed mysterious prophecies of unknown good yet to arise out of the hours of life.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • And next day, equipped in cloak and hood, she climbed the old mare's fat sides and jogged off on her errand; and by noon-mark was safe and sound home again, looking a little perplexed, but by no means cast down.

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  • At length, after many excursions toward the north and toward the south, in the halcyon weather that had seldom failed since the withdrawal of the nebula, they arrived at the place (or above it) which had stood during centuries for a noon-mark on the globe.

    The Second Deluge

  • But it beats all I ever see; I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to use it for a noon-mark.

    Samantha at the World's Fair

  • There had been a noon-mark in the doorway of the cave, thrown by the shadow of a boulder beside it, even before the Irishman's big nickel watch came with its bustling, authoritative tick to bring the question of time into the mountains.

    Southern Lights and Shadows

  • "Pretty near," replied Peter, squinting his eyes and looking at the sky as if there was a noon-mark up there, and he was the boy to find it.

    Captain Horace

  • "We have a correct noon-mark at the house, and the women are probably right," replied Elwood.

    Gaut Gurley


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