1 a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance); "she made good marks in algebra"; "grade A milk"; "what was your score on your homework?" [syn: grade, score]
3 a reference point to shoot at; "his arrow hit the mark" [syn: target]
4 a visible indication made on a surface; "some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks"; "paw prints were everywhere" [syn: print]
5 the impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember; "it was in London that he made his mark"; "he left an indelible mark on the American theater"
6 a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis [syn: stigma, brand, stain]
8 Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel [syn: Saint Mark, St. Mark]
9 a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of [syn: chump, fool, gull, patsy, fall guy, sucker, soft touch, mug]
10 a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation); "his answer was just a punctuation mark"
11 a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened); "he showed signs of strain"; "they welcomed the signs of spring" [syn: sign]
12 the shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament [syn: Gospel According to Mark]
15 something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal; "the new advertising campaign was a bell ringer"; "scored a bull's eye"; "hit the mark"; "the president's speech was a home run" [syn: bell ringer, bull's eye, home run]
2 designate as if by a mark; "This sign marks the border"; "He indicated where the border ended"
3 be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers" [syn: distinguish, differentiate]
4 mark by some ceremony or observation; "We marked the anniversary of his death" [syn: commemorate]
5 make or leave a mark on; "mark the trail so that we can find our way back"
6 to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful; "He denounced the government action"; "She was stigmatized by society because she had a child out of wedlock" [syn: stigmatize, stigmatise, brand, denounce]
7 notice or perceive; "She noted that someone was following her"; "mark my words" [syn: notice, note] [ant: ignore]
10 establish as the highest level or best performance; "set a record" [syn: set]
11 make underscoring marks [syn: score]
12 remove from a list; "Cross the name of the dead person off the list" [syn: cross off, cross out, strike out, strike off]
13 put a check mark on or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items" [syn: check, check off, mark off, tick off, tick]
14 assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation; "grade tests"; "score the SAT essays"; "mark homework" [syn: grade, score]
15 insert punctuation marks into [syn: punctuate]
Etymology 1Old English mearc, from Germanic *mark- ‘boundary; boundary marker’, from Proto-Indo-European *merǵ- ‘boundary, border’. Cognate with Dutch mark, German Mark, Swedish mark; and with Latin margo ‘margin’. Compare march.
- A border or frontier.
- In the context of "Historic": A common, or area of common land, especially among early Germanic peoples.
- A stone or post used to indicate position and guide travellers.
- A target for shooting at with a projectile.
- 1786, To give them an accurate eye and strength of arm, none under twenty-four years of age might shoot at any standing mark, except it was for a rover, and then he was to change his mark at every shot; and no person above that age might shoot at any mark whose distance was less than eleven score yards. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 37.
- A marker indicating the finishing-point of a race; any goal or objective.
- A characteristic feature.
- A good sense of manners is the mark of a true gentleman.
- A written character or sign.
- A stamp or other indication of provenance, quality etc.
- Late C14: Which mankynde is so fair part of thy werk / That thou it madest lyk to thyn owene merk. — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
- An indication or sign used for reference or measurement.
- A score for finding the correct answer, or other academic achievement; the sum of such point gained as out of a possible total.
- A score for a sporting achievement.
- A visible impression or sign; a blemish, scratch, or stain, whether accidental or intentional.
- The line indicating an athlete's starting-point.
- A catch of the ball directly from a kick of 10 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick.
- The intended victim of swindle, fixed game or con game.
Derived termsrel-top derived terms
indication for reference or measurement
visible impression, blemish, stain
- To indicate in some way for later reference.
- To take note of.
- To blemish, scratch, or stain.
- To indicate the correctness of and give a score to an essay, exam answers, etc.
- In the context of "Australian Rules football": To catch the ball directly from a kick of 15 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick.
- To follow a player not in possession of the ball when defending, to prevent them receiving a pass easily.
take note of
- make one's mark
- mark down
- mark my words
- mark of respect
- mark out
- mark time
- mark up
- on your marks
- punctuation mark
- X marks the spot
Etymology 2Old English marc, from Germanic *mark- (probably ultimately the same as Etymology 1). Cognate with Dutch mark, German Mark.
- A measure of weight (especially for gold and silver), once used throughout
Europe, equivalent to 8 oz.
- 1997, As a reward for his poetry, Athelstan gave Egil two more gold rings weighing a mark each, along with an expensive cloak that the king himself had worn. — ‘Egil's Saga’, tr. Bernard Scudder, The Sagas of Icelanders (Penguin 2001, p. 91)
- An English and Scottish unit of currency (originally valued at one mark weight of silver), equivalent to 13 shillings and fourpence.
- Any of various European monetary units, especially the base unit of currency of Germany between 1948 and 2002, equal to 100 pfennigs.
- A mark coin.
unit of currency
Nounmark (plural: marks)
- mark (former currency)
- ground (as opposed to
the sky or the sea)
- Ha fast mark under fötterna - to be on terra firma (literally
"to have firm ground under (one's) feet")
- Tillbaka på klassisk mark - back on classical ground
- På engelsk mark - on English soil
- Tillbaka på klassisk mark - back on classical ground
- Ha fast mark under fötterna - to be on terra firma (literally "to have firm ground under (one's) feet")
- (countable and
- Bonden ägde mycket mark - The farmer owned a lot of ground
- mark (currency)
- counter, marker
Mark may refer to:
- Curse and mark of Cain, Cain's inability to cultivate crops and the necessity that he led a nomadic lifestyle
- Gospel of Mark, one of the books of the Bible, and the apocryphal Secret Gospel of Mark
- Mark the Evangelist (Saint Mark)
- Mark of the Beast, a sign or number mentioned in the Book of Revelation
- St Mark's Basilica, the most famous of the churches of Venice and an example of Byzantine architecture
- Mark (money), a unit of currency in various countries
- German gold mark, coinage of the German Empire from 1873 to 1914
- German Papiermark, German coinage from 1914 to 1924
- Rentenmark, German temporary currency 1923 to 1924
- German Reichsmark, German coinage from 1924 to 1948
- Deutsche Mark, official currency of Germany from 1948 to 2001
- East German Mark, official currency of the German Democratic Republic from 1948 to 1990
- Polish marka, Polish currency from 1917 to 1924
- Finnish markka, mark in Swedish, official currency of Finland from 1860 to 2001
- Mark, or marches, the border territory of a country
- Baruth/Mark, a village in the Teltow-Fläming district of Brandenburg, Germany. It is situated 24 km east of Luckenwalde, and 53 km south of Berlin.
- County of Mark, a county of the Holy Roman Empire
- Mark (Dender), a river in Belgium, tributary of the Dender
- Mark (Dintel) a river in Belgium and the Netherlands, also known as the Dintel
- Mark Hundred in Sweden
- Mark Municipality in Sweden
- Mark, Somerset, a village in Somerset, United Kingdom
- Mark, Illinois, a village in the United States
Catching a ballIn both Australian rules football and rugby union, a clean catch from a kick by another player results in a free kick. See:
- Mark (mass), an archaic European unit of weight whose use for precious metal gave rise to the currencies
- Beauty mark, dark mole on the face or other part of the body that is considered to be attractive
- Diacritical mark, mark added to a letter to alter a word's pronunciation or to distinguish between similar words
- Mark of Rohan, fictional realm in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy era of Middle-earth. See also Marches.
- Mark, a grade awarded to students' work
- Merchant's Mark
- Sea mark, pilotage aid which identifies the approximate position of a maritime channel, hazard and administrative area
- Tread mark, a mark left by a tire tread
- Mark (given name), a given name to a person. The name comes from Latin roots meaning "defender"
- A fan of professional wrestling.
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