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watermark

[waw-ter-mahrk, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌmɑrk, ˈwɒt ər-/
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
1625-1635
1625-35; water + mark1
Related forms
unwatermarked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for water-mark

watermark

/ˈwɔːtəˌmɑːk/
noun
1.
a distinguishing mark impressed on paper during manufacture, visible when the paper is held up to the light
2.
another word for water line (sense 1), water line (sense 2)
verb (transitive)
3.
to mark (paper) with a watermark
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Word Origin and History for water-mark
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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Encyclopedia Article for water-mark

watermark

design produced by creating a variation in the thickness of paper fibre during the wet-paper phase of papermaking. This design is clearly visible when the paper is held up to a light source

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