• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hall-mark A distinguishing characteristic or characteristics; as, a word or phrase lacks the hall-mark of the best writers.
    • Hall-mark The official stamp of the Goldsmiths' Company and other assay offices, in the United Kingdom, on gold and silver articles, attesting their purity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hall-mark In England, an official stamp put upon articles made of gold and silver as an evidence of genuineness: so called from Goldsmiths' Hall in London, the seat of the Goldsmiths' Company, by whom the, stamping is legally regulated. It consists of various marks placed close together, as follows: the mark indicating the standard, as, for silver of the new standard, a figure of Britannia and a lion's head erased; the mark of the assay-town, as a crown for Sheffield or an anchor for Birmingham; a mark denoting that the duty has been paid; the date-mark, consisting of a letter of the alphabet for each year, in series of differing style or design; the maker's mark, usually two or more initial letters; the workman's mark, which is not always present.
    • n hall-mark Hence Any mark of genuineness, good quality, or respectability.
    • hall-mark To assay and stamp, as with the official mark of the Goldsmiths' Company.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hall-mark hawl′-märk the authorised impression of certain symbols made on articles of gold and silver at the various assay offices in the United Kingdom to indicate their true value and the fineness of the metal: any mark of genuineness or good quality
    • v.t Hall-mark to assay and mark authoritatively
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  • Aldous Huxley
    “Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hall-mark of true science.”
  • Ronald Knox
    Ronald Knox
    “The hall-mark of American humor is its pose of illiteracy.”


In literature:

But they could not get rid of scarred faces and rum-reddened noses and the other hall-marks of their trade.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Everything that he had done bore the hall-mark of insanity.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Farwell, though his acquaintance with the species was slight, recognized the hall mark.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The hall inside was a hint of quiet, fine furnishings, with the note of simplicity that marks real taste.
"The Chamber of Life" by Green Peyton Wertenbaker
All these were present to the eye of Rubens, their genius embodied on the canvas in the halls of St. Mark.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
Mark Antony was unceremoniously pushed aside, and the officers entered the hall.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
French, that is the European hall-mark, for Paris is Athens.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Delight, victory, were hall-marked all over it.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The fact is they are romantic, and it is the hall-mark of the true romantic to do what other men dream of, and say nothing about it.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
He went into the world with the hall-mark of Henry Mackenzie; and what more was needed?
"Robert Burns" by Gabriel Setoun
Although he talks war, war, war, it is from his old angle, it wears the old hall-mark.
"A Diary Without Dates" by Enid Bagnold
There were footprints marked in blood, leading through the portico and into the hall.
"Tales of Troy and Greece" by Andrew Lang
A smallish young man, later identified as Mark Smythe, attempted to run past him into the hall.
"Ye of Little Faith" by Roger Phillips Graham
The central hall remained, and the Red Triangle was on it, marking it out as a centre for walking wounded.
"The Romance of the Red Triangle" by Arthur Keysall Yapp
The grave was marked by a metallic headboard, put up by the English and the other by Hall's comrades.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
From the distance I catch the single stroke of the City Hall bell, which marks eight o'clock.
"Within Prison Walls" by Thomas Mott Osborne
This is the Great Hall, where we have mark-readings and assemblies and special meetings and things.
"Just Gerry" by Christine Chaundler
A sorrowful romance of real life, to mark the early history of our castle halls.
"Rambles in an Old City comprising antiquarian, historical, biographical and political associations" by S. S. Madders
Every camp has its organized dance joint, a sort of hall mark of its genuineness as a camp.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
It don't mean much to my mind to bob down before Royalty, but I gather it's a sort of hall-mark.
"The Man with the Double Heart" by Muriel Hine

In poetry:

'Oft have I made yon hall resound
With social, sweet delight;
And marked not the morning hour,
That stole upon the night.
"A Tale" by John Logan
Could you but enter as I do,
And pace through the vaulted hall,
And mark the stately columns,
And the pictures on the wall;
"My Castle" by Horatio Alger Jr
But now the wholesome music of the wood
Was dumbed by one from out the hall of Mark,
A damsel-errant, warbling, as she rode
The woodland alleys, Vivien, with her Squire.
"Balin and Balan" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
And in church, and palace, and judgment-hall,
He marked great fissures that rent the wall,
And opened wider and yet more wide
As the living foundation heaved and sighed.
"A Parable - II" by James Russell Lowell
I love you as a child his mother's breast, as the dumb caves their own bottomlessness,
as halls the light that shows them best,
as the soul loves flame, as the body rest!
I love you as we who marked for death
love the moments of their living breath.
"Ode [Óda]" by Attila Jozsef

In news:

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Hall Photographer: Mark Darley.
Ally Condie, Utah-based author of the best-selling "Matched" series, will read from and present the final installment of her trilogy "Reached" on Nov 13 at Rowland Hall St Mark's in Salt Lake City.
Mark Hall says a co-worker brought them in and three drivers ate them.
Republican presidential candidate, Congressman Ron Paul, grants press interviews after holding a rally outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2012 REUTERS/Mark Makela.
Mark Hall talks about the future of irrigation and how Netafim USA is adapting with technology.
Mark O'Donnell at the 2003 Tony Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Mark Henry 's induction into the International Sports Hall of Fame photos.
Powell's Mark Smith, Halls' Michael Horner facing new challenges.
Roaf focused on family during much of his speech marking his Hall of Fame induction.
He will be inducted into Magruder's Athletic Hall of Fame along with Reggie Smith, Mark Ridgway, Kathleen Mulholland, Kate Finn and George Bachtell.
Mark Moran / The Citizens' Voice Above: Jose Adames, left, of TMG Health, and Mark Dziki, second left, of Lowe's talk with Wyoming Valley West students Nessa Bregman, Catherine Savakinas and Elizabeth Hall at the carer fair.
View full size Mark Hall, Associated Press Michael's Power and driver Scott Zeron head toward victory Thursday at the Little Brown Jug at Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio.
The four daughters of Jean Harman returned Friday and Saturday to Tonganoxie for ceremonies marking her induction in the USD 464 Education Hall of Fame.
The St Mark Catholic Church LifeTeen New Year's Lock-in begins at 6 pm Saturday, Dec 31 in the parish hall and kitchen.
Mark Shanahan joined The Boston Globe in 2003, having worked previously at the Portland Press Herald, where he covered City Hall, and the Lewiston Sun-Journal, where he was the education reporter.

In science:

While any one of the above neutral Higgs bosons may be hard to distinguish from that of the Standard Model, the H ± carries a distinctive hall-mark of the SUSY Higgs sector.
The Higgs Working Group: Summary Report
The arrows mark the temperature independent points, corresponding to the centre of the Landau levels which separate the insulating state (dR/dT < 0) at low B from the quantum Hall liquid (dR/dT > 0) at intermediate B .
Universal behaviour in the floating up of quantum Hall extended states as B -> 0
The arrows mark the transition from insulator to quantum Hall liquid.
Universal behaviour in the floating up of quantum Hall extended states as B -> 0
The power of this technique is that these transition points are T -independent and should therefore persist down to T = 0 since they mark a quantum phase transition between quantum Hall liquid and insulating states.
Universal behaviour in the floating up of quantum Hall extended states as B -> 0
For completeness we have also marked the apparent B = 0 transition, but re-iterate that unlike the quantum Hall transitions at finite B , it is not known if this transition persists to T = 0.
Universal behaviour in the floating up of quantum Hall extended states as B -> 0
Figure 4.23: This design of a stable vertically-mounted ULE reference cavity was pioneered by researchers Mark Notcutt, Jun Ye, and Jan Hall [204] at JILA, manufactured by Advanced Thin Films, and is now in use at perhaps a dozen independent laboratories.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Researchers John Hall, Jun Ye, and Mark Notcutt are responsible for a noteworthy innovation in cavity design: a highly symmetric vertical cavity mounted at its midplane [204], shown in Figures 4.23 and 4.24.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
The solid black line marks the position of the Fermi level which is chosen as the zero of energy: εF = 0. (b) Spontaneous Hall effect vs. carrier density.
Persistent Current States in Bilayer Graphene