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

1625–35; water + mark1

unwatermarked, adjective
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watermark (ˈwɔːtəˌmɑːk)
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
3.  to mark (paper) with a watermark

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Word Origin & History

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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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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Example sentences
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  somebody measured the watermark on his clothing.
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