- 1A small area on a surface having a different color from its surroundings, typically one caused by accident or damage: the blow left a red mark down one side of her faceMore example sentences
- The yellow sponged raked over the arm viciously causing a deep red scuff marks to surface.
- Looking up, she saw several holes dotted along its surface, burned scorch marks surrounding the edges.
- Oh boy… did I do a lot of damage… his whole face was either covered in red marks or a bruise.
- 1.1A spot, area, or feature on a person’s or animal’s body by which they may be identified or recognized: he was five feet nine, with no distinguishing marksMore example sentences
- I recognized individuals by natural marks such as black spots on the back or head and their toe-clip pattern.
- He had no tattoos or other distinguishing body marks but he had two crowns on teeth to the front of his right upper jaw, possibly suggesting an accident or sporting injury.
- The man was not immediately identified as the former Iraqi leader but marks on his body and other undisclosed information quickly indicated they had their man.
- 2A line, figure, or symbol made as an indication or record of something.More example sentences
- Here are some useful sites for anyone needing to display diacritical marks, mathematical symbols, etc.
- The stress marks might seem quaint to us; but McGuffey believed that rhythm and harmony have not only an aesthetic but also a moral value.
- Although most of the headstones are severely weathered and illegible, cemetery staff will record all legible marks and inscriptions before removing the stones.
- 2.2A level or stage that is considered significant: unemployment had passed the two million markMore example sentences
- The day's only climb, a fourth category rise over the Cote de Boutancourt, comes early in the stage at the 8.5km mark.
- Richard Virenque takes the third climb at the halfway mark of the stage.
- Today sales are steering towards the three-quarters of a million mark.
- 2.3A sign or indication of a quality or feeling: the flag was at half-mast as a mark of respectMore example sentences
- So the fact that this building is expensive is a mark of its quality.
- Somehow, the brand of the magazine becomes the mark of quality rather than the individual work in it.
- Flags were flying at half mast as a mark of respect for the Duke of Norfolk who died two days ago at the age of 86, the Arundel ground being part of the Duke's estate.
- 2.5A competitor’s starting point in a race.More example sentences
- He might have obtained better results simply by taking the differences in the lanes' staggered starting marks for an appropriate track event.
- He pocketed the penultimate race even after having to re-round the starting mark as he had jumped the start.
- The handicapper's job is to make the race as competitive as possible by giving each competitor a mark off which to run.
- 2.7 Telecommunications One of two possible states of a signal in certain systems. The opposite of space.
- 3A point awarded for a correct answer or for proficiency in an examination or competition: many candidates lose marks because they don’t read the questions carefully • figurative full marks to them for highlighting the threat to the rain forestMore example sentences
- There will be no marks awarded for the answer ‘They both write historical fantasy’.
- It is possible to discourage guessing by allocating one mark for a correct answer and minus one for an incorrect answer.
- Although the paper is 80 marks / answer all questions, there is some consolation in that several questions are perennial.
- 3.1A figure or letter representing the total correct answers in an examination and signifying a person’s score: the highest mark was 98 percentMore example sentences
- These are some of the terms used to describe children unable to learn or more importantly who score poor marks in their examinations.
- Researchers discovered that different academics gave different marks for the same essays.
- The problems in the evaluation system is not limited to the disparity in marks between different universities.
- 3.2(Especially in track and field) a time or distance achieved by a competitor, especially one which represents a record or personal best.More example sentences
- He also helped set three relay world records and lowered his own mark in the 400 freestyle.
- Thorpe is the current Olympic and triple world champion in the 400 meters and holds three world marks in freestyle distances.
- In these she recorded marks of 12. 53s and 1. 51m to put her in an overall 14th place.
- 5A target: few bullets could have missed their markMore example sentences
- She threw the last knife she was holding at the target in frustration, not hitting far off from the target mark.
- This makes it difficult to say when a particular quatrain has missed or hits its mark.
- As she develops she should be able to reach out and grab an object, even though she often misses the mark on the first try.
- 5.1 • informal , chiefly US A person who is easily deceived or taken advantage of: they figure I’m an easy markMore example sentences
- She thereby revealed herself to be a patsy, a mark, a victim of the Big Con.
- The American salesman, everyone concedes, is the American salesman's easiest mark.
- She actually felt sorry for her; Scott was the worst person to work with when there was a major mark on the line.
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- 1Make (a visible impression or stain) on: he fingered the photograph gently, careful not to mark itMore example sentences
- They were faded, some stained by water from rain and a few marked by mud or beer.
- Her gray dress was torn and dirty, marked more so by several spots of blood.
- She turned a corner and stopped before colliding into a little boy, face marked with tears.
- 2Write a word or symbol on (an object), typically for identification: she marked all her possessions with her name [with object and complement]: an envelope marked “private and confidential.”More example sentences
- They have placed it in a sealed envelope marked private and confidential.
- Written references should always be marked private personal and confidential and should be sent in a sealed envelope by post or courier.
- Anyone without a bank account can make a cash donation by placing it in an envelope marked Christmas Care and give it to reception at the Information Centre.
- 2.1Write (a word or figure) on an object: she marked the date down on a cardMore example sentences
- He turned his wrist over and revealed a series of code symbols marked on his arm.
- 2.2 (mark something off) Put a line by or through something written or printed on paper to indicate that it has passed or been dealt with: he marked off their names in a ledgerMore example sentences
- As we laboriously went through each box, we marked them off in our spreadsheet.
- We'd mark them off on a sheet displayed proudly on the refrigerator, until the sheet was filled and we'd read the required number of books to win the prize. I don't remember now what any of the prizes were.
- The child marks the item off the list with help from his/her mother.
- 3Show the position of: the top of the pass marks the border between Alaska and the YukonMore example sentences
- We moored to the buoy that marks the Haven's position, and Gino put the decompression station in place.
- The position of each station will be marked by a cross.
- Two large stones also stand almost due east and west to mark the local equinoctial positions of the sun.
- 3.1Separate or delineate (a particular section or area of something): you need to mark out the part of the garden where the sun lingers longestMore example sentences
- Barbed wire separates the houses from a caravan park on one side, and a tall steel perimeter fence clearly marks the area as separate from the rest of the street.
- A low fence of split bamboo marked off an inside area the width of a boxing ring and twice as long.
- Arrowheads in B and C mark the zone of separation of the ectopic eye from the normal compound eye.
- 3.2(Of a particular quality or feature) separate or distinguish (someone or something) from other people or things: his sword marked him out as an officerMore example sentences
- Good distribution allied with his pace and defensive qualities mark him out as a fine prospect.
- It doesn't make you part of a family, hanging out in the Apple store marks you out as a computer geek, not a trendsetter.
- 3.3 (mark someone out for) Select or destine someone for (a particular role or condition): the solicitor general marked him out for government officeMore example sentences
- That achievement marked him out for a leading role when Labour returned to power and his first Cabinet post was the major appointment of Foreign Secretary.
- It is his difference from societal norms, not his choices, which mark him out for his eventual tragic fate.
- His staff are afraid to venture into remote areas, and have mostly abandoned a fleet of grey Russian jeeps, which the UN has as transport but which they say only marks them out for attack.
- 3.4 (mark someone down as) Judge someone to be (a particular type or class of person): she had marked him down as a liberalMore example sentences
- In the reviews section, the very similar Joss Stone is marked down as ‘an artist in it for the long haul.’
- An old school report marked Clary down as ‘languid and superior’.
- Whatever else happens at these world championships, Paris will be marked down as notable the moment that Haile Gebrselassie toes the start-line for the 10,000-metres final in the Stade de France tonight.
- 3.5Acknowledge, honor, or celebrate (an important event or occasion) with a particular action: to mark its fiftieth anniversary, the group held a fashion showMore example sentences
- Plans are being formulated to hold a celebration event to mark the 10th anniversary of the club next April.
- This ceremony is supposed to mark an important event in the life of the eunuchs, when they realise their dream of marrying for once.
- It was the highlight of a series of events held last week to mark the beginning of six months of celebrations to marks the Quakers' important anniversary.
- 3.6Be an indication of (a significant occasion, stage, or development): the move to the new Globe theatre marked a new phase in Shakespeare’s writing careerMore example sentences
- The stage victory marked a reversal of fortunes for the 26-year-old who lost the prologue when his chain came off close to the finish.
- Because the unit can be traced over several tens of kilometres, we suggest it marks a sub-regionally significant event in the Emeishan Province as basalt production terminated.
- Ms McGreal said the event marked the end of the ‘talking phase’ for women in agriculture.
- 3.7 (usually be marked) Characterize as having a particular quality or feature: the reaction to these developments has been marked by a note of hysteriaMore example sentences
- Sargent's work is marked by its exceptional lucidity, its exactness of expression and by the decisiveness of her results.
- Clough's early works are marked by a subdued palette of largely browns, greys and greens.
- His subsequent work was marked by an offbeat intensity.
- 4(Of a teacher or examiner) assess the standard of (a piece of written work) by assigning points for proficiency or correct answers: the teachers are given adequate time to mark term papersMore example sentences
- Work has been set for him and as far as I'm concerned it's being marked by teachers.
- She says the programme involved properly supported unit standards marked by trained teachers and assessed to the standard.
- It also says the initial measurement for seven-year-olds is unreliable as it is marked by teachers rather than external examiners.
- 4.1 (mark someone/something down) Reduce the number of marks awarded to a student, candidate, or their work: I was marked down for having skipped the last essay questionMore example sentences
- In addition, Mid Yorkshire was marked down for not ensuring at least 98 per cent of patients with suspected cancer were seen within two weeks.
- Like the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lewisham has been marked down for missing its four-hour A&E waiting time target for 2004 / 5.
- A Merit would suffice, heck even a Pass would do as I know she's going to mark me down anyway because I slacked big time on the photography bit, but that was a different unit.
- 6(Of a player in a team game) stay close to (a particular opponent) in order to prevent them getting or passing the ball.More example sentences
- Harrogate were camped in their half for the entire game and despite marking Elliot Dowley ferociously were not able to match his pace and he put away a winner in the nick of time.
- If he is assigned a player to mark throughout a game, it is almost guaranteed that that player will not have a large impact on the game.
- Lorraine Pugh had her best performance in the game against Glynn as she was marking their best player Anne-Marie Moloney.
be quick (or slow) off the mark
- Be fast (or slow) in responding to a situation or understanding something.More example sentences
- Police were quick off the mark and they were here really fast.
- The Left has been slow off the mark in identifying the obvious American responsibility for that event.
- Ford, too, has been slow off the mark but is catching up fast after it recently licensed hybrid technology from Toyota, while also giving a bit of its own technology back.
get off the mark
- Get started.More example sentences
- He will be approaching national companies in a bid to get some high-profile backing and has already got off the mark by selling his first perimeter board advert in his first week.
leave (or make) its (or one's or a) mark
- Have a lasting or significant effect: she left her mark on the world of foreign policyMore example sentences
- He penned pamphlets of protest, left his mark on Philadelphia's most significant free black institutions, and produced a moving spiritual autobiography.
- Not all of us will get to do that, but you can with the self-assurance that you have indeed left your mark.
- Today's Indian cuisine is certainly not exactly what it was thousands of years ago as invasions, migrations and travel have left their mark on the sub-continent.
make one's mark
- Attain recognition or distinction.More example sentences
- The BBC will televise the second day of competition, and Brewer underlined the importance of new prospects making their mark if financial patronage is to be restored.
- That women entrepreneurs and managers are making their mark in a world of men, even if recognition comes by way of separate women's awards.
- First, his distinction is quite exceptional and we don't have to wait for it to be generally recognized that he has made his mark.
- (Of troops) march on the spot without moving forward.More example sentences
- I had them mark time and started them off marching down the trail that led to the football field.
- He blew his whistle, signaling for the band to mark time.
- Still, some steps are better than just marking time in place, right?
- Pass one’s time in routine activities until a more favorable or interesting opportunity presents itself.More example sentences
- But he's only marking time until he can return to New Orleans.
- In the short term the markets are still nervous and will mark time until the outlook for the US becomes more certain.
- The secondary has to find out and the kids with a high-level D have to mark time until those without catch up.
- chiefly British Used to emphasize or draw attention to a statement: I was persuaded, against my better judgment, mark you, to vote for himMore example sentences
- This statement, mark you, is made by a man who is described at the foot of the article as the Washington Post's book critic.
- I suppose if I were to take a full time teaching post then I could have a nice hefty mortgage and afford a house of decent proportions… not on the salary, mark you, but on the combination of salary and equity from this house.
- Yet we expect officials to train themselves, prepare themselves and make the important decisions week in and week out for #310 a game - and that, mark you, is for the top referees.
near (or close) to the mark
- Almost accurate: to say he was their legal adviser would be nearer the markMore example sentences
- Mr Sheridan said claims indicate their initial estimates that close to £4m will be required to compensate investors will be very close to the mark.
- Although descriptions of Clarke as the ‘next Waugh’ appeared trite, they are starting to look eerily close to the mark.
- Caddell is not alone among the anti-Bush who acknowledge that some Bush attacks are uncomfortably close to the mark.
- 2Incorrect or inaccurate: the accusation was a little wide of the markMore example sentences
- The Atkins diet may turn out to be completely off the mark, but it shouldn't be dismissed yet.
- The analogy with a Chelsea footballer or a classical pianist is completely off the mark.
- Readers are welcome to put me in my place and show me that I'm completely off the mark!
- • dated Having importance or distinction: he had been a man of markMore example sentences
- In 1607 he was apprenticed to his uncle Sir William Herrick, goldsmith, a man of mark who was MP for Leicester, owned land in 13 counties, and had been knighted in 1605.
- There was also the prospect of becoming a man of mark back home when the volunteer's term was up.
on the mark
- Correct; accurate.More example sentences
- That said, I voted for John Edwards because I'm a bit of a contrarian and because I think he's on the mark when he talks about two Americas.
- In a call for ‘appropriate content’ for an audience, it sounds like this is on the mark.
- I'd check back occasionally, and Jonas would always be on the mark with whatever analysis or discussion he was having.
on your marks
up to the mark
- Of the required standard.More example sentences
- He held several senior positions at the infirmary, notably chairman of a committee which makes sure clinical standards are up to the mark.
- Good firms tend to have demanding customers, which stands to reason: picky customers keep you up to the mark by requiring value for money and telling you if you don't give it.
- Even so, the TV audio quality was not up to the mark.
mark something down
mark something up
- 2Annotate or correct text for printing, keying, or typesetting.More example sentences
- These files would be mostly text files, but they would be marked up with a tag language (a subset of SGML called Hypertext Markup language, or HTML).
- In the mid '70s, I got involved on the tail end of a really sexy project in publishing, creating a system that allowed editors to take text and mark it up on screen.
- I had remembered to bring my copy, but I had already marked it up with all the comments I was going to make during the talk.
Old English mearc, gemerce (noun), mearcian (verb), of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin margo 'margin'.
- 1The basic monetary unit of Germany (until the introduction of the euro), equal to 100 pfennigs; a Deutschmark or, formerly, an Ostmark.More example sentences
- Moreover, the budget was burdened annually to the tune of over 10 billion German marks by the war against the Kurds.
- Some 7.5 billion of German marks are frozen in state banks.
- This in turn is equal to 1.95583 German marks, or 6.55957 French francs, or 166.386 Spanish pesetas, and so on.
- 2A former English and Scottish money of account, equal to thirteen shillings and four pence in the currency of the day.More example sentences
- Mrs Burdett was to be paid in marks, which is an archaic form of English currency (20 marks was quite a generous amount).
- In 1189 King William had taken advantage of Richard's financial needs to buy his freedom from English allegiance for 10,000 marks.
- 2.1A denomination of weight for gold and silver, formerly used throughout western Europe and typically equal to 8 ounces (226.8 grams).More example sentences
- Inside there were about two hundred gold marks.
- If that lord fails to do this, that lord must pay me 46 marks of silver.
- He produces a silver mark from his purse and holds it up for the man to see.
Old English marc, from Old Norse mǫrk; probably related to mark1.