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Definition of Mark


  1. A license of reprisals. See Marque.
  2. An old weight and coin. See Marc.
  3. The unit of monetary account of the German Empire, equal to 23.8 cents of United States money; the equivalent of one hundred pfennigs. Also, a silver coin of this value.
  4. A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like, drawn or impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some information or intimation; a token; a trace.
  5. A character or device put on an article of merchandise by the maker to show by whom it was made; a trade-mark.
  6. A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a signature by one who can not write.
  7. A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a seamark, a landmark.
  8. A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar, stain, etc.; as, this pencil makes a fine mark.
  9. An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a permanent impression of one's activity or character.
  10. That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at; what one seeks to hit or reach.
  11. Attention, regard, or respect.
  12. Limit or standard of action or fact; as, to be within the mark; to come up to the mark.
  13. Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station.
  14. Preeminence; high position; as, particians of mark; a fellow of no mark.
  15. A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential.
  16. A number or other character used in registring; as, examination marks; a mark for tardiness.
  17. Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one's image; children; descendants.
  18. One of the bits of leather or colored bunting which are placed upon a sounding line at intervals of from two to five fathoms. The unmarked fathoms are called "deeps."
  19. To put a mark upon; to affix a significant mark to; to make recognizable by a mark; as, to mark a box or bale of merchandise; to mark clothing.
  20. To be a mark upon; to designate; to indicate; -- used literally and figuratively; as, this monument marks the spot where Wolfe died; his courage and energy marked him for a leader.
  21. To leave a trace, scratch, scar, or other mark, upon, or any evidence of action; as, a pencil marks paper; his hobnails marked the floor.
  22. To keep account of; to enumerate and register; as, to mark the points in a game of billiards or cards.
  23. To notice or observe; to give attention to; to take note of; to remark; to heed; to regard.
  24. To take particular notice; to observe critically; to note; to remark.

Mark Quotations

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
Washington Irving

For all my friends in the media who like quotes, mark this quote down. From this day on I'd like to be known as 'The Big Aristotle' because Aristotle once said, 'Excellence is not a singular act; it's a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.'
Shaquille O'Neal

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Mark Translations

mark in Danish is tegn
mark in Dutch is merken, tekenen
mark in Finnish is leimata, merkki
mark in French is marquent, signe, marquons, moelle, cachet, marque
mark in German is Marke, markieren
mark in Italian is censura, simbolo, marcare, marchio, designare
mark in Latin is macula, nota, vestigium
mark in Portuguese is marca, aceno
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