water-mark

watermark

[waw-ter-mahrk, wot-er-]
noun
1.
a mark indicating the height to which water rises or has risen, as in a river or inlet.
2.
water line ( def 5 ).
3.
a figure or design impressed in some paper during manufacture, visible when the paper is held to the light.
verb (used with object)
4.
to mark (paper) with a watermark.
5.
to impress (a design, pattern, etc.), as a watermark.

Origin:
1625–35; water + mark1

unwatermarked, adjective
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watermark (ˈwɔːtəˌmɑːk)
 
n
1.  a distinguishing mark impressed on paper during manufacture, visible when the paper is held up to the light
2.  water line another word for water line
 
vb
3.  to mark (paper) with a watermark

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watermark
1708, "distinctive mark on paper," from water + mark. Cf. Ger. wassermarke. Not produced by water, but probably so called because it looks like a wet spot. The verb is recorded from 1866.
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