Definition of marker in English:


Line breaks: mark¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːkə


  • 1An object used to indicate a position, place, or route: they erected a granite marker at the crash site
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    • The section start and end positions were indicated with marker posts on the side of the road plus a steel rod was driven into the pavement on the centre line.
    • He put it to the defendant that the granite post was a marker for disputed property and the defendant had removed it in a bid to claim the property.
    • Some of the coloured route markers are over-ruled by diversion signs.
  • 1.1 [in singular] A distinctive feature or characteristic indicative of a particular quality or condition: identification with one’s own language has always been a marker of nationalism
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    • Coital frequency itself may be a marker for some qualitative aspect of the interpersonal relationship.
    • In addition, the patient's perception of pain control has been established as a marker of quality.
    • There is no more distinctive marker of the conservative sensibility than accurate use of the subjunctive mood in speech.
  • 1.2A thing serving as a standard of comparison: he has already laid down a marker by setting a fast time during practice
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    • The courts have laid down a marker before the executive branch - they have staked out their procedural position.
    • It might have ended in defeat but York City Knights laid down a marker for themselves yesterday with a performance full of pride, effort and ability.
    • In Division Two, Old Crescent laid down a marker with a comprehensive victory over Midleton at Rosbrien on Saturday.
  • 1.3A radio beacon used to guide the pilot of an aircraft.
  • 1.4 Genetics An allele used to identify a chromosome or to locate other genes on a genetic map.
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    • Thus, these measures require only knowledge of the chromosome number for the markers in both genomes.
    • The horizontal axis shows the chromosomes of interest with markers from the genetic map.
    • The chromosome maps are given below the images, with black tick marks indicating the position of markers.
  • 2 (also marker pen) A felt-tip pen with a broad tip: a heavy line drawn by a marker
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    • On last day of school you attempted to get me disqualified from my business exam by using a marker pen and writing on me
    • The dossier was sent to newspapers, in one case with the 45-minute claim highlighted with a marker pen.
    • A couple of minutes ago I picked up the marker pen sitting at the side of the mouse and start doodling on a business card that sits atop the keyboard - a legacy from yet another idea that seemed brilliant only days ago.
  • 3British (In team games) a player who stays close to an opponent to prevent them from getting or passing the ball: Quinn took the ball wide of his marker
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    • On one occasion he picked up the ball, spun his marker, played a quick one-two, dashed clear… and put the ball wide.
    • Yes, I really enjoyed the game, it was a great ball across the face of the box by Scott Murray and I just managed to get in front of my marker to slide the ball past Richard Wright.
    • Vryzas muscles his marker off the ball after Russia fail to clear from a corner, and knocks the ball in from six yards.
  • 4British A person who assesses the standard of a test or examination: the aim of the marker is to help the student do better next time
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    • There are too few teachers and examination markers.
    • For example, in the external assessment the markers are experienced teachers, trained by a chief examiner.
    • If the assessment is subjective, the level of agreement between markers must be tested in order to validate the process of marking.
  • 4.1A person who records the score in snooker, billiards, or squash.
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    • He strode in, startling the billiard marker, Thomas Budd, who was about to close the side door.
    • The marker was Burley-in-Wharfedale's English Billiards champion Steve Crosland.
  • 5North American informal A promissory note; an IOU: we’ll give you a marker, you give us the car

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