Webster's Dictionary, 1913
(märk) noun A license of reprisals. See Marque .
[ See 2d Marc
.] 1. An old weight and coin. See Marc .
"Lend me a mark
." Chaucer. 2. The unit of monetary account of the German Empire, equal to 23.8 cents of United States money; the equivalent of one hundred pfennigs. Also, a silver coin of this value.
[ Middle English marke
, Anglo-Saxon mearc
; akin to Dutch merk
, Middle High German marc
, German marke
, Icelandic mark
, Danish mærke
; confer Lithuanian margas
party-colored. √106, 273. Confer Remark
.] 1. A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like, drawn or impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some information or intimation; a token; a trace.
The Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. Gen. iv. 15. 2.
Specifically: (a) A character or device put on an article of merchandise by the maker to show by whom it was made; a trade-mark. (b) A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a signature by one who can not write.
The mark of the artisan is found upon the most ancient fabrics that have come to light. Knight. 3. A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a sea mark , a land mark . 4. A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar, stain, etc.; as, this pencil makes a fine mark .
I have some marks of yours upon my pate. Shak. 5. An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a permanent impression of one's activity or character.
The confusion of tongues was a mark of separation. Bacon. 6. That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at; what one seeks to hit or reach.
France was a fairer mark to shoot at than Ireland. Davies.
Whate'er the motive, pleasure is the mark . Young. 7. Attention, regard, or respect.
As much in mock as mark . Shak. 8. Limit or standard of action or fact; as, to be within the mark ; to come up to the mark . 9. Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station.
In the official marks invested, you Shak. 10. Preëminence; high position; as, patricians of mark ; a fellow of no mark . 11. (Logic) A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential. 12. A number or other character used in registering; as, examination marks ; a mark for tardiness. 13. Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one's image; children; descendants.
Anon do meet the Senate.
[ Obsolete] "All the mark
of Adam." Chaucer. 14. (Nautical) One of the bits of leather or colored bunting which are placed upon a sounding line at intervals of from two to five fathoms. The unmarked fathoms are called "deeps." A man of mark
, a conspicuous or eminent man.
-- To make one's mark
. (a) To sign, as a letter or other writing, by making a cross or other mark. (b) To make a distinct or lasting impression on the public mind, or on affairs; to gain distinction. Syn.
-- Impress; impression; stamp; print; trace; vestige; track; characteristic; evidence; proof; token; badge; indication; symptom.
(märk) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Marked
(märkt); present participle & verbal noun Marking
.] [ Middle English marken
, Anglo-Saxon mearcian
, from mearc
. See Mark
the sign.] 1. To put a mark upon; to affix a significant mark to; to make recognizable by a mark; as, to mark a box or bale of merchandise; to mark clothing. 2. To be a mark upon; to designate; to indicate; -- used literally and figuratively; as, this monument marks the spot where Wolfe died; his courage and energy marked him for a leader. 3. To leave a trace, scratch, scar, or other mark, upon, or any evidence of action; as, a pencil marks paper; his hobnails marked the floor. 4. To keep account of; to enumerate and register; as, to mark the points in a game of billiards or cards. 5. To notice or observe; to give attention to; to take note of; to remark; to heed; to regard.
the perfect man." Ps. xxxvii. 37. To mark out
. (a) To designate, as by a mark; to select; as, the ringleaders were marked out for punishment
. (b) To obliterate or cancel with a mark; as, to mark out an item in an account.
-- To mark time (Mil.)
, to keep the time of a marching step by moving the legs alternately without advancing. Syn.
-- To note; remark; notice; observe; regard; heed; show; evince; indicate; point out; betoken; denote; characterize; stamp; imprint; impress; brand.
Mark intransitive verb To take particular notice; to observe critically; to note; to remark.
Mark , I pray you, and see how this man seeketh mischief. 1 Kings xx. 7.
Markable adjective Remarkable. [ Obsolete] Sandys.
Marked (märkt) adjective Designated or distinguished by, or as by, a mark; hence; noticeable; conspicuous; as, a marked card; a marked coin; a marked instance. -- Mark"ed*ly adverb J. S. Mill. A marked man , a man who is noted by a community, or by a part of it, as, for excellence or depravity; -- usually with an unfavorable suggestion.
(mär*kē") noun See Marquee .
Marker noun One who or that which marks. Specifically: (a) One who keeps account of a game played, as of billiards. (b) A counter used in card playing and other games. (c) (Mil.) The soldier who forms the pilot of a wheeling column, or marks the direction of an alignment. (d) An attachment to a sewing machine for marking a line on the fabric by creasing it.
[ Akin to Dutch markt
, Old High German markāt
, German markt
; all from Latin mercatus
trade, market place, from mercari
, past participle mercatus
, to trade, traffic, merx
, ware, merchandise, probably akin to merere
to deserve, gain, acquire: confer French marché
. See Merit
, and confer Merchant
.] 1. A meeting together of people, at a stated time and place, for the purpose of traffic (as in cattle, provisions, wares, etc.) by private purchase and sale, and not by auction; as, a market is held in the town every week.
He is wit's peddler; and retails his wares Shak.
At wakes, and wassails, meetings, markets , fairs.
Three women and a goose make a market . Old Saying. 2. A public place (as an open space in a town) or a large building, where a market is held; a market place or market house; esp., a place where provisions are sold.
There is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool. John v. 2. 3. An opportunity for selling anything; demand, as shown by price offered or obtainable; a town, region, or country, where the demand exists; as, to find a market for one's wares; there is no market for woolen cloths in that region; India is a market for English goods.
There is a third thing to be considered: how a market can be created for produce, or how production can be limited to the capacities of the market . J. S. Mill. 4. Exchange, or purchase and sale; traffic; as, a dull market ; a slow market . 5. The price for which a thing is sold in a market; market price. Hence: Value; worth.
What is a man Shak. 6. (Eng. Law) The privelege granted to a town of having a public market.
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed ?
is often used adjectively, or in forming compounds of obvious meaning; as, market
woman, and the like. Market beater
, a swaggering bully; a noisy braggart.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
-- Market bell
, a bell rung to give notice that buying and selling in a market may begin.
[ Eng.] Shak.
-- Market cross
, a cross set up where a market is held. Shak.
-- Market garden
, a garden in which vegetables are raised for market.
-- Market gardening
, the raising of vegetables for market.
-- Market place
, an open square or place in a town where markets or public sales are held.
-- Market town
, a town that has the privilege of a stated public market.
Market intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Marketed
; present participle & verbal noun Marketing
.] To deal in a market; to buy or sell; to make bargains for provisions or goods.
Market transitive verb To expose for sale in a market; to traffic in; to sell in a market, and in an extended sense, to sell in any manner; as, most of the farmes have marketed their crops.
Industrious merchants meet, and market there Southey.
The world's collected wealth.
1. Fit to be offered for sale in a market; such as may be justly and lawfully sold; as, dacayed provisions are not marketable . 2. Current in market; as, marketable value. 3. Wanted by purchasers; salable; as, furs are not marketable in that country.
Marketableness noun Quality of being marketable.
Marketer noun One who attends a market to buy or sell; one who carries goods to market.
1. The act of selling or of purchasing in, or as in, a market. 2. Articles in, or from, a market; supplies.
Marketstead noun [ Market + stead a place.] A market place. [ Obsolete] Drayton.
Markhoor noun [ Persian mār-kh...r snake eater.] (Zoology) A large wild goat ( Capra megaceros ), having huge flattened spiral horns. It inhabits the mountains of Northern India and Cashmere.
Marking noun 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. Marking ink , indelible ink, because used in marking linen. -- Marking nut (Botany) , the nut of the Semecarpus Anacardium , an East Indian tree. The shell of the nut yields a blackish resinous juice used for marking cotton cloth, and an oil prepared from it is used for rheumatism.
Markis noun A marquis. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Markisesse noun A marchioness. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Markman noun A marksman. [ Obsolete] Shak.
; plural Marksmen
. [ Earlier markman
.] 1. One skillful to hit a mark with a missile; one who shoots well. 2. (Law) One who makes his mark, instead of writing his name, in signing documents. Burrill.
Marksmanship noun Skill of a marksman.
Marl transitive verb
[ See Marline
.] (Nautical) To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a pecular hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding. Marling spike
. (Nautical) See under Marline .
[ Old French marle
, French marne
, Late Latin margila
, dim. of Latin marga
marl. Originally a Celtic word, according to Pliny, xvii. 7: "Quod genus terræ Galli et Britanni margam
vocant." √274.] A mixed earthy substance, consisting of carbonate of lime, clay, and sand, in very variable proportions, and accordingly designated as calcareous, clayey, or sandy. See Greensand .
Marl transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Marled
; present participle & verbal noun Marling
.] [ Confer French marner
. See Marl
] To overspread or manure with marl; as, to marl a field.
Marlaceous adjective Resembling marl; partaking of the qualities of marl.
Marlin noun (Zoology) The American great marbled godwit ( Limosa fedoa ). Applied also to the red-breasted godwit ( Limosa hæmatica ). Hook-billed marlin , a curlew.
[ LG. marlien
, or Dutch marling
, from Dutch marren
to tie, probably akin to English moor
, v., and lijn
line: confer French merlin
. See Moor
.] (Nautical) A small line composed of two strands a little twisted, used for winding around ropes and cables, to prevent their being weakened by fretting. Marline spike
, Marling spike (Nautical)
, an iron tool tapering to a point, used to separate the strands of a rope in splicing and in marling. It has an eye in the thick end to which a lanyard is attached. See Fid .
[ Written also marlin spike
] -- Marline-spike bird
. [ The name alludes to the long middle tail feathers.] (Zoology) (a) A tropic bird. (b) A jager, or skua gull.
Marline transitive verb [ French merliner .] (Nautical) To wind marline around; as, to marline a rope.
[ Confer French marlite
. See Marl
] (Min.) A variety of marl.
Marlitic adjective Partaking of the qualites of marlite.
Marlpit noun Apit where marl is dug.
Marlstone noun (Geol.) A sandy calcareous straum, containing, or impregnated with, iron, and lying between the upper and lower Lias of England.
[ Compar. Marlier
; superl. Marliest
.] Consisting or partaking of marl; resembling marl; abounding with marl.
[ French marmelade
, Portuguese marmelada
, from marmélo
a quince, from Latin melimelum
honey apple, Greek ... a sweet apple, an apple grafted on a quince; ... honey + ... apple. Confer Mellifluous
.] A preserve or confection made of the pulp of fruit, as the quince, pear, apple, orange, etc., boiled with sugar, and brought to a jamlike consistence. Marmalade tree (Botany)
, a sapotaceous tree ( Lucuma mammosa ) of the West Indies and Tropical America. It has large obovate leaves and an egg-shaped fruit from three to five inches long, containing a pleasant-flavored pulp and a single large seed. The fruit is called marmalade , or natural marmalade , from its consistency and flavor.
Marmatite noun [ Confer French marmatite .] (Min.) A ferruginous variety of shalerite or zinc blende, nearly black in color.
Marmolite (-mo*līt) noun [ Greek maramai`rein to sparkle + -lite .] (Min.) A thin, laminated variety of serpentine, usually of a pale green color.
[ Latin marmor
marble. See Marble
.] Pertaining to, or like, marble.
Marmorate, Marmorated adjective [ Latin marmoratus , past participle of marmorate to overlay with marble, from marmor marble.] Variegated like marble; covered or overlaid with marble. [ R.]
Marmoration noun [ Latin marmoratio .] A covering or incrusting with marble; a casing of marble; a variegating so as to resemble marble. [ R.]
[ Latin See Marmorate
, and Opus
.] (Architecture) A kind of hard finish for plasterwork, made of plaster of Paris and marble dust, and capable of taking a high polish.
Marmoreal, Marmorean adjective
[ Latin marmoreus
, from marmor
marble: confer French marmoréen
. See Marble
.] Pertaining to, or resembling, marble; made of marble.
Marmorosis noun [ New Latin ] (Geol.) The metamorphism of limestone, that is, its conversion into marble. Geikie.
Marmose noun [ French] (Zoology) A species of small opossum ( Didelphus murina ) ranging from Mexico to Brazil.
[ French marmouset
a grotesque figure, an ugly little boy, probably from Late Latin marmoretum
, from Latin marmor
marble. Perhaps confused with marmot
. See Marble
.] (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of small South American monkeys of the genera Hapale and Midas , family Hapalidæ . They have long soft fur, and a hairy, nonprehensile tail. They are often kept as pets. Called also squirrel monkey .
[ Italian marmotta
, probably from Latin mus montanus
, or mus montis
, lit., mountain mouse or rat. See Mountain
, and Mouse
.] 1. (Zoology) Any rodent of the genus Arctomys . The common European marmot ( A. marmotta ) is about the size of a rabbit, and inhabits the higher regions of the Alps and Pyrenees. The bobac is another European species. The common American species ( A. monax ) is the woodchuck. 2. Any one of several species of ground squirrels or gophers of the genus Spermophilus ; also, the prairie dog. Marmot squirrel (Zoology)
, a ground squirrel or spermophile.
-- Prairie marmot
. See Prairie dog .
Marmottes oil A fine oil obtained from the kernel of Prunus brigantiaca . It is used instead of olive or almond oil. De Colange.
Marone noun See Maroon , the color.
; plural Maronites (Eccl. Hist.) One of a body of nominal Christians, who speak the Arabic language, and reside on Mount Lebanon and in different parts of Syria. They take their name from one Maron of the 6th century.