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.
Military(usually cap.) [U.S. Mil.]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.
Sport[Track.]the starting line.
Sport[Boxing.]the middle of the stomach.
Sport[Lawn Bowling.]jack1 (def. 17).
Sport[Bowling.]a strike or spare.
Nauticalany 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. Cf. deep (def. 35).
Medieval History, World Historya tract of land that may have been held in common by a primitive or early medieval community of peasants in Germany.
World HistoryArchaic or Hist. a boundary; frontier.
Idiomsbeside the mark, not pertinent; irrelevant.
Idiomsbless or save the mark! (used as an exclamation of disapproval, contempt, impatience, etc.) Also, God bless or save the mark!
Idiomsmake one's mark, to attain success or fame; achieve one's ambition:He set out to make his mark as a writer.
Sporton your mark or marks! (in calling the start of a race) take your places:On your mark! Get set! Go!Also, get ready!, ready!
Idiomswide of the mark, far from the target or objective; inaccurate or irrelevant:My first guess was wide of the mark.
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.
Animal Behaviorscent-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 fol. 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 fol. 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.
to take notice; give attention; consider.
Animal Behaviorscent-mark (def. 1).
Businessmark 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.
Idiomsmark time. See time (def. 45).
to mar or deface with marks.
to mark with notations or symbols.
Businessto 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.
Businessto increase the selling price of.
bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English; Old English mearc mark, sign, banner, dividing line, borderland; cognate with German Mark borderland, unit of weight, Old Norse mǫrk forest (origin, originally, borderland), unit of weight, Gothic marka boundary, borderland, Latin margōmargin; (verb, verbal) Middle English marken, Old English mearcian; cognate with Old Frisian merkia, Old High German marchōn, Old Norse marka to plan
10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged eminence, consequence.
11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged feature, stamp, print.
14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged purpose, objective.
34.See corresponding entry in Unabridged identify, label, tag.
37, 38.See corresponding entry in Unabridged note.
39.See corresponding entry in Unabridged eye, regard, spot.
Currencythe monetary unit of Germany since 1871: originally a silver coin. Cf. Deutsche mark, ostmark, reichsmark.
Currencythe markka of Finland.
CurrencyAlso, merk. a former silver coin of Scotland, equal to 13s. 4d.
Currencya former money of account of England, equal to 13s. 4d.
Currencya former coin of Estonia, the &fracnumer; 1&fracdenom; 100&fracend; th part of a kroon: replaced by the sent after 1927.
Weights and Measures, Currencya former European unit of weight, esp. for gold and silver, generally equal to 8 ounces (249 grams).
Gmc; see mark1
Medieval Latin marca
bef. 900; Middle English; Old English marc unit of weight
Biographicalone of the four Evangelists: traditionally believed to be the author of the second Gospel.
Religionthe second Gospel:to read aloud from Mark.
King,[Arthurian Romance.]ruler of Cornwall, husband of Iseult and uncle of Sir Tristram.