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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 of watermark
1625-1635
1625-35; water + mark1
Related forms
unwatermarked, adjective
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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 watermark
n.

1708, "distinctive mark on paper," from water (n.1) + mark (n.1). Cf. German 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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