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1 [mahrk]
a visible impression or trace on something, as a line, cut, dent, stain, or bruise: a small mark on his arm.
a badge, brand, or other visible sign assumed or imposed: a mark of his noble rank.
a symbol used in writing or printing: a punctuation mark.
a sign, usually an X or cross, made instead of a signature by someone who does not know how or is unable to write his or her own name.
an affixed or impressed device, symbol, inscription, etc., serving to give information, identify, indicate origin or ownership, attest to character or comparative merit, or the like, as a trademark.
a sign, token, or indication: to bow as a mark of respect.
a symbol used in rating conduct, proficiency, attainment, etc., as of pupils in a school: good marks; bad marks.
something serving as an indication of position, as a landmark.
a recognized or required standard of quality, accomplishment, etc.; norm: His dissertation was below the mark.
distinction or importance; repute; note: a man of mark.
a distinctive trait or characteristic: the usual marks of a gentleman.
(usually initial capital letter) U.S. Military. a designation for an item of military equipment in production, used in combination with a numeral to indicate the order of adoption, and often abbreviated: a Mark-4 tank; an M-1 rifle.
an object aimed at; target: to aim at the mark.
an object or end desired or striven for; goal.
an object of derision, scorn, manipulation, or the like: He was an easy mark for criticism.
the intended victim of a swindler, hustler, or the like: The cardsharps picked their marks from among the tourists on the cruise ship.
Track. the starting line.
Boxing. the middle of the stomach.
Lawn Bowling. jack1 ( def 17 ).
Bowling. a strike or spare.
Nautical. any of the distinctively marked points on a deep-sea lead line, occurring at levels of 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15, 17, and 20 fathoms above the lead. Compare deep ( def 33 ).
a tract of land that may have been held in common by a primitive or early medieval community of peasants in Germany.
Archaic or History/Historical. a boundary; frontier.
verb (used with object)
to be a distinguishing feature of: a day marked by rain.
to put a mark or marks on: to mark each box with an X.
to give a grade for; put a grade on: to mark the final exams.
scent-mark ( def 2 ).
to furnish with figures, signs, tags, etc., to indicate price, quality, brand name, or the like: We marked all the books with prices.
to trace or form by or as if by marks (often followed by out ): to mark out a plan of attack.
to indicate or designate by or as if by marks: to mark passages to be memorized.
to single out; destine (often followed by out ): to be marked out for promotion.
to record, as a score.
to make manifest: to mark approval with a nod.
to give heed or attention to: Mark my words!
to notice or observe: to mark a change in the weather.
verb (used without object)
to take notice; give attention; consider.
scent-mark ( def 1 ).
Verb phrases
mark down, to reduce the price of: These towels have been marked down.
mark off, to mark the proper dimensions or boundaries of; separate: We marked off the limits of our lot with stakes.
mark up,
to mar or deface with marks.
to mark with notations or symbols.
to fix the selling price of (an article) by adding to the seller's cost an amount to cover expenses and profit: to mark up dresses 50 percent.
to increase the selling price of.
to make corrections or changes to (written or printed text).
to indicate detailed instructions concerning the format, style, or structure for (a manuscript to be typeset, an electronic document, or a Web page).
beside the mark, not pertinent; irrelevant.
bless / save the mark!, (used as an exclamation of disapproval, contempt, impatience, etc.) Also, God bless/save the mark!.
make one's mark, to attain success or fame; achieve one's ambition: He set out to make his mark as a writer.
mark time. time ( def 55 ).
on your mark / marks!, (in calling the start of a race) take your places: On your mark! Get set! Go! Also, get ready!, ready!.
wide of the mark, far from the target or objective; inaccurate or irrelevant: My first guess was wide of the mark.

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English mearc mark, sign, banner, dividing line, borderland; cognate with German Mark borderland, unit of weight, Old Norse mǫrk forest (orig., borderland), unit of weight, Gothic marka boundary, borderland, Latin margō margin; (v.) Middle English marken, Old English mearcian; cognate with Old Frisian merkia, Old High German marchōn, Old Norse marka to plan

10. eminence, consequence. 11. feature, stamp, print. 14. purpose, objective. 29. identify, label, tag. 32, 33. note. 34. eye, regard, spot.
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mark1 (mɑːk)
1.  a visible impression, stain, etc, on a surface, such as a spot or scratch
2.  a sign, symbol, or other indication that distinguishes something: an owner's mark
3.  a cross or other symbol made instead of a signature
4.  a written or printed sign or symbol, as for punctuation: a question mark
5.  a letter, number, or percentage used to grade academic work
6.  a thing that indicates position or directs; marker
7.  a desired or recognized standard: he is not up to the mark
8.  an indication of some quality, feature, or prowess: he has the mark of an athlete
9.  quality or importance; note: a person of little mark
10.  a target or goal
11.  impression or influence: he left his mark on German literature
12.  one of the temperature settings on a gas oven: gas mark 5
13.  (often capital) in trade names
 a.  model, brand, or type: the car is a Mark 4
 b.  a variation on a particular model: a Mark 3 Cortina
14.  slang a suitable victim, esp for swindling
15.  nautical Compare deep one of the intervals distinctively marked on a sounding lead
16.  bowls another name for the jack
17.  rugby Union an action in which a player standing inside his own 22m line catches a forward kick by an opponent and shouts "mark", entitling himself to a free kick
18.  Australian rules football a catch of the ball from a kick of at least 10 yards, after which a free kick is taken
19.  boxing the mark the middle of the stomach at or above the line made by the boxer's trunks
20.  (in medieval England and Germany) a piece of land held in common by the free men of a community
21.  an obsolete word for frontier
22.  statistics See class mark
23.  make one's mark to succeed or achieve recognition
24.  on your mark, on your marks a command given to runners in a race to prepare themselves at the starting line
vb (often foll by off or out)
25.  to make or receive (a visible impression, trace, or stain) on (a surface)
26.  (tr) to characterize or distinguish: his face was marked by anger
27.  to set boundaries or limits (on): to mark out an area for negotiation
28.  (tr) to select, designate, or doom by or as if by a mark: to mark someone as a criminal
29.  (tr) to put identifying or designating labels, stamps, etc, on, esp to indicate price: to mark the book at one pound
30.  (tr) to pay heed or attention to: mark my words
31.  to observe; notice
32.  to grade or evaluate (scholastic work): she marks fairly
33.  (Brit) sport to stay close to (an opponent) to hamper his or her play
34.  to keep (score) in some games
35.  mark time
 a.  to move the feet alternately as in marching but without advancing
 b.  to act in a mechanical and routine way
 c.  to halt progress temporarily, while awaiting developments
36.  rugby Union the shout given by a player when calling for a mark
[Old English mearc mark; related to Old Norse mörk boundary land, Old High German marha boundary, Latin margōmargin]

mark2 (mɑːk)
1.  Deutschmark markka Reichsmark See Ostmark
2.  a former monetary unit and coin in England and Scotland worth two thirds of a pound sterling
3.  a silver coin of Germany until 1924
[Old English marc unit of weight of precious metal, perhaps from the marks on metal bars; apparently of Germanic origin and related to mark1]

Mark (mɑːk)
1.  one of the four Evangelists. Feast day: April 25
2.  the second Gospel, traditionally ascribed to him

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Word Origin & History

"trace, impression," O.E. mearc (W.Saxon), merc (Mercian) "boundary, sign, limit, mark," from P.Gmc. *marko (cf. O.N. merki "boundary, sign," mörk "forest," which often marked a frontier; O.Fris. merke, Goth. marka "boundary, frontier," Du. merk "mark, brand," Ger. Mark "boundary, boundary land"),
from PIE *mereg- "edge, boundary" (cf. L. margo "margin," O.Ir. mruig "borderland"). The primary sense is probably "boundary," which had evolved by O.E. through "sign of a boundary," "sign in general," "impression or trace forming a sign." Meaning "any visible trace or impression" first recorded c.1200. Sense of "line drawn to indicate starting point of a race" (e.g. on your marks ...) first attested 1887. The M.E. sense of "target" (c.1200) is the notion in marksman and slang sense "victim of a swindle" (1883). The notion of "sign, token" is behind the meaning "numerical award given by a teacher" (1829). The verb is O.E. mearcian (W.Saxon), merciga (Anglian) "to trace out boundaries," from P.Gmc. *markojanan. Both noun and verb influenced by Scandinavian cognates. Mark time (1833) is from military drill.

"unit of money or weight," late O.E. marc, a unit of weight (chiefly for gold or silver) equal to about eight ounces, probably from O.N. mörk "unit of weight," cognate with Ger. Mark, ult. a derivative of mark (1), perhaps in sense of "imprinted weight or coin." Used from
18c. in ref. to various continental coinages, esp. the silver coin of Germany first issued 1875.

masc. proper name, variant of Marcus (q.v.). Among the top 10 names given to boy babies born in the U.S. between 1955 and 1970.
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Medical Dictionary

mark (märk)

  1. A spot or line on a surface, visible through difference in color or elevation from that of the surrounding area.

  2. A distinctive trait or property.

v. marked, mark·ing, marks
  1. To make a visible trace or impression on, as occurs with a spot or dent.

  2. To form, make, or depict by making a mark.

  3. To distinguish or characterize.

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Mark definition

the evangelist; "John whose surname was Mark" (Acts 12:12, 25). Mark (Marcus, Col. 4:10, etc.) was his Roman name, which gradually came to supersede his Jewish name John. He is called John in Acts 13:5, 13, and Mark in 15:39, 2 Tim. 4:11, etc. He was the son of Mary, a woman apparently of some means and influence, and was probably born in Jerusalem, where his mother resided (Acts 12:12). Of his father we know nothing. He was cousin of Barnabas (Col. 4:10). It was in his mother's house that Peter found "many gathered together praying" when he was released from prison; and it is probable that it was here that he was converted by Peter, who calls him his "son" (1 Pet. 5:13). It is probable that the "young man" spoken of in Mark 14:51, 52 was Mark himself. He is first mentioned in Acts 12:25. He went with Paul and Barnabas on their first journey (about A.D. 47) as their "minister," but from some cause turned back when they reached Perga in Pamphylia (Acts 12:25; 13:13). Three years afterwards a "sharp contention" arose between Paul and Barnabas (15:36-40), because Paul would not take Mark with him. He, however, was evidently at length reconciled to the apostle, for he was with him in his first imprisonment at Rome (Col. 4:10; Philemon 1:24). At a later period he was with Peter in Babylon (1 Pet. 5:13), then, and for some centuries afterwards, one of the chief seats of Jewish learning; and he was with Timothy in Ephesus when Paul wrote him during his second imprisonment (2 Tim. 4:11). He then disappears from view.

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