• Setting a Marking-Gage
    Setting a Marking-Gage
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n marking the act of making a visible mark on a surface
    • n marking evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score "what he disliked about teaching was all the grading he had to do"
    • n marking a pattern of marks
    • n marking a distinguishing symbol "the owner's mark was on all the sheep"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Using the Marking-Gage Using the Marking-Gage
Marking by Superposition Marking by Superposition
Stone-masons' marks, Cologne Cathedral Stone-masons' marks, Cologne Cathedral
Careful excavation was required to identify the fill of long-obliterated ditches once draining fields and marking property boundaries Careful excavation was required to identify the fill of long-obliterated ditches once draining fields and marking...
Note the makers’ marks or seals on the wineglass fragments. Only a few English wineglasses bearing 17th-century makers’ seals have been found in America Note the makers’ marks or seals on the wineglass fragments. Only a few English wineglasses bearing 17th-century...
Marks-man-ship Marks-man-ship
How did these two marks get on my arm How did these two marks get on my arm
The larva of the pen-marked sphinx-moth The larva of the pen-marked sphinx-moth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word, tattoo originated from the Tahitain word "tattau" which means "to mark."
    • n Marking The act of one who, or that which, marks; the mark or marks made; arrangement or disposition of marks or coloring; as, the marking of a bird's plumage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rubbing cocoa butter on your abdomen during pregnancy will prevent stretch marks.
    • n marking The act of impressing a mark upon something.—2. In coinage, the process of edge-rolling, or swaging the edge of the blank to prepare it for reeding.—3. A mark or series of marks upon something; characteristic arrangement of marks, as lines or dots, or of natural coloring: as, the markings on a bird's eggs, or of the petals of a flower; the natural markings of a gem or of ornamental wood.
    • marking Making a mark; hence, distinguishing; significant; striking.
    • marking Taking note; discerning; observant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tigers' paw prints are called pug marks.
    • Marking act of making a mark: a mark made upon anything
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  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.”
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
    “The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “One mark of a second-rate mind is to be always telling stories.”
  • Leon Trotsky
    “Technique is noticed most markedly in the case of those who have not mastered it.”


Hit the mark - If someone hits the mark, they are right about something.
Mark my words - Mark my words is an expression used to lend an air of seriousness to what the speaker is about to say when talking about the future. You often hear drunks say it before they deliver some particularly spurious nonsense.
Mark someone's card - If you mark someone's card, you correct them in a forceful and prompt manner when they say something wrong.
Marked man - A marked man is a person who is being targeted by people who want to do them harm or cause them trouble.
Off the mark - If something is off the mark, it is inaccurate or incorrect.
Quick off the mark - If someone is quick off the mark, they are very quick to use, start or do something new.
Slow off the mark - If people are slow off the mark, they are slow to respond or act in a situation.
Wide of the mark - If something is wide of the mark, it is inaccurate or incorrect.
X marks the spot - This is used to say where something is located or hidden.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mearc, a boundary; Ger. mark, Goth. marka.


In literature:

The usual rule followed in the engraving of silver or the marking of linen is to use the initials of the bride's maiden name.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The second figure clapping hands is marking time.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
The same rule applies to the use of the other low marks, comma, semicolon, and colon, in connection with quotation marks.
"Punctuation" by Frederick W. Hamilton
Taggi had left his mark here, and not too long ago.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
Mark this face with a distinct pencil mark, A, Fig.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
Words thrown in so as to interrupt slightly the flow of a sentence are marked off by commas.
""Stops"" by Paul Allardyce
Mark often gives me wine; he's a dear good brother is Mark.
"Nearly Lost but Dearly Won" by Theodore P. Wilson
He bent over beside me and examined the marks.
"The Four Pools Mystery" by Jean Webster
Mark my words, and think of it thirty years from now.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Its tail is short and bushy, and is marked with five or six blackish rings on a grey ground.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

The snow recommences;
The buried fences
Mark no longer
The road o'er the plain;
"Afternoon in February" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To a mort of things
His mind was Dark,
And he always signed
with Scroodle's "mark".
"Granfer Scroodle" by Cicely Fox Smith
"Walk thou no ample way
Wisdom doth mark;
Seek thou where Folly's day
Setteth to dark.
"The Poet Saint" by Thomas MacDonagh
A racehorse straining for the goal,
Heaven is the mark for which he tries;
That chariot driven by a king,
A precious thing shall be his prize.
"The Good Man[The song the Devil sang to Saint Moling]" by Anonymous Irish
Ah, peace! ah, love! ah, friendship true!
No wreath rests here wove by your hands
To mark the Poet's silent tomb.
As tombs are marked in other lands.
"At Key's Grave" by Folger McKinsey
'Twas the Eve of St. Mark, and she stood by the church,
And gazed with undaunted eye
On the ruin'd form of the ancient porch,
To mark what shades would pass by.
"St. Mark's Eve - A Fragment" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

Mitchell PhD, Kimberly J Wiersema BA, Cathy C Doyle B.Sc, and Mark W Nagel HB.
Council President Jim Hall marks his 25th year as an ele READ.
Washington's partial nationalization of banks marks a fundamental shift in thinking about the relationship of the public and private sectors.
Mark DeDomenico LLC and Hollendorfer, Jerry.
Run with Mark Stuart, Will McGinniss & Kevin Max of Audio Adrenaline in the Las Vegas Rock & Roll Marathon this December.
Mark, Will & Kevin Max from Audio Adrenaline .
We talked with Mark Stuart, Will McGinniss & Kevin Max from the NEW Audio Adrenaline .
Founding member Mark Wenner still fronts the band, singing and playing harp.
Barney Frank marks coming-out anniversary with a DCCC fundraiser.
For the most part, though, entrees linger around the $13 mark, and the amount of food served seems reasonable at that price point.
Mark Pincus _ the other Mark of Silicon Valley _ helped usher in the Facebook era with catchy games that got people clicking on virtual cows and building virtual cities while staying on Facebook for hours on end.
Mark Rowland clocked this nice vermilion rockfish (center) while fishing with his fishing buddy,Mark Gasich last Saturday out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.
Mark Pettinger Jr, shown holding cast made by his father, Mark Pettinger made of what he believes to be the footprint of the legendary Sasquatch in 1975, Puyallup, Wa.
To help mark the group's 100th birthday, this cookie season will mark the first redesign of the Girl Scout cookie boxes since 1999, it said in a press release.
Two boxes, one marked "Spring" the other marked "Winter," were placed with the animal.

In science:

Let ˜Φi , i = 1, 2 be the corresponding independently marked p.p. with the same mark kernel Fx (·).
Directionally Convex Ordering of Random Measures, Shot Noise Fields and Some Applications to Wireless Communications
By a Boolean model with the p.p. of germs Φ and the typical grain G we call the random set C (Φ, G) = {y : U ˜Φ (y ) > 0} where ˜Φ = Pi ε(Xi ,Gi ) is i.i.d. marking of Φ with the mark distribution equal to this of G.
Directionally Convex Ordering of Random Measures, Shot Noise Fields and Some Applications to Wireless Communications
The solid vertical lines mark the left-most range of each delay and the dashed vertical lines mark the right-most range.
A spectral synthesis method to suppress aliasing and calibrate for delay errors in Fourier transform correlators
In fact, let us consider the reachability problem, i.e., the problem of stating whether a given marking can be reached by another given marking.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
Let P be the parabolic subgroup of G determined by p, whose marked Dynkin diagram is given by marking the non-zero nodes in the weighted Dynkin diagram of x.
On Q-factorial terminalizations of nilpotent orbits