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mark1 British & World English

A small area on a surface having a different colour from its surroundings, typically one caused by damage or dirt

mark2 British & World English

(Until the introduction of the euro in 2002) the basic monetary unit of Germany, equal to 100 pfennig; a Deutschmark

Mark, St British & World English

An Apostle, companion of St Peter and St Paul, traditional author of the second Gospel. Feast day, 25 April

D-mark British & World English

Short for Deutschmark.

CE mark British & World English

A symbol applied to products to indicate that they conform with relevant EU directives regarding health and safety or environmental protection.

re-mark British & World English

Mark (an examination paper or piece of academic work) again

of mark British & World English

Having importance or distinction

no-mark British & World English

An unimportant, unsuccessful, or worthless person

pass mark British & World English

The minimum mark needed to pass an examination

skid mark British & World English

A long black mark left on a road surface by the tyres of a skidding vehicle

easy mark British & World English

A person who is easy prey; a weakling or a sucker

hash mark British & World English

A service stripe worn on the left sleeve of an enlisted person’s uniform to indicate three years of service in the army or four years in the navy

long mark British & World English

Informal term for macron.

mark time British & World English

(Of troops) march on the spot without moving forward

mark you British & World English

Used to emphasize a statement

mint mark British & World English

A mark on a coin indicating the mint at which it was struck

Antony, Mark British & World English

(Circa 83-30 bc), Roman general and triumvir; Latin name Marcus Antonius. A supporter of Julius Caesar, he was appointed one of the triumvirate after Caesar’s murder. Following the battle of Philippi he took charge of the Eastern Empire, where he established his association with Cleopatra. Quarrels with Octavian led finally to his defeat at the battle of Actium and to his suicide

black mark British & World English

A note or record of a person’s misdemeanour or discreditable action

beauty mark British & World English

North American term for beauty spot222.

caste mark British & World English

A symbol on the forehead denoting membership of a particular Hindu caste

check mark British & World English

North American term for tick1noun1noun1noun.

Rothko, Mark British & World English

(1903–70), American painter, born in Latvia; born Marcus Rothkovich. A leading figure in colour-field painting, he painted hazy and apparently floating rectangles of colour

scent mark British & World English

An odorous substance containing a pheromone that is deposited by a mammal from a scent gland or in the urine or faeces, typically on prominent objects in an area

shelf mark British & World English

A notation on a book showing its place in a library

short mark British & World English

Informal term for breve222.

field mark British & World English

A visible mark or characteristic that can be used in identifying a bird or other animal in the field

touch mark British & World English

An official mark made by the manufacturer on items made from pewter

Spitz, Mark British & World English

(B.1950), American swimmer; full name Mark Andrew Spitz. He won seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympic Games at Munich and set twenty-seven world records for free style and butterfly (1967–72)

thread mark British & World English

A mark in the form of a thin line made in banknote paper with highly coloured silk fibres to prevent photographic counterfeiting

Twain, Mark British & World English

(1835–1910), American novelist and humorist; pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. His best-known novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), give a vivid evocation of Mississippi frontier life

one's mark British & World English

Something which is particularly typical of or suitable for someone

Charter Mark British & World English

(In the UK) an award granted to institutions for exceptional public service under the terms of the Citizen’s Charter

question mark British & World English

A punctuation mark (?) indicating a question

section mark British & World English

A sign (§) used as a reference mark or to indicate a section of a book

service mark British & World English

A legally registered name or designation used in the manner of a trademark to distinguish an organization’s services from those of its competitors

staccato mark British & World English

A dot or stroke above or below a note indicating that it is to be played staccato

Helprin, Mark British & World English

(1947-), US journalist and writer. His works of fiction include Winter’s Tale (1983), A Soldier of the Great War (1991), and Memoir from Antproof Case (1995)

Hopkins, Mark British & World English

(1802–87), US philosopher and educator. He taught moral philosophy 1830–87 at Williams College and was that institution’s president 1836–72. He also served as president of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions 1857–87

McGwire, Mark British & World English

(1963-), US baseball player; full name Mark David McGwire. A first baseman, he played for the Oakland Athletics 1986–1997 and the St. Louis Cardinals 1997–2001. In 1998, he broke Roger Maris’s record of 61 home runs in a season by hitting 70, an accomplishment later tainted by allegations of steroid use

mason's mark British & World English

A distinctive device carved on stone by the mason who dressed it

paragraph mark British & World English

A symbol (usually ¶) used in printed text to mark a new paragraph or as a reference mark

printer's mark British & World English

A logo serving as a printer’s trademark

quotation mark British & World English

Each of a set of punctuation marks, single (‘ ’) or double (“ ”), used either to mark the beginning and end of a title or quoted passage, or to indicate that a word or phrase is regarded as slang or jargon or is being discussed rather than used within the sentence

collective mark British & World English

A trademark or service mark that identifies members of a union, cooperative, or other collective organization

expression mark British & World English

A word or phrase on a musical score which indicates the expression required of a performer

strawberry mark British & World English

A soft red birthmark

hit the mark British & World English

Be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess

off the mark British & World English

A long way from an intended target

on the mark British & World English

Correct; accurate

punctuation mark British & World English

A mark, such as a full stop, comma, or question mark, used in writing to separate sentences and their elements and to clarify meaning


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