General English

  • noun a particular point or level
  • verb to make a mark or write on something
  • verb to correct and give points to work
  • verb to follow an opposing player closely, so as to prevent him or her getting the ball


  • noun the number of points or a percentage given for academic work
  • verb to make a visible line, dot, etc., on a surface
  • verb to correct or check academic work done by a student


  • noun a former unit of currency in Germany


  • noun a sign put on a page to show something
  • noun a transmitted signal that represents a logical one or true condition


  • noun the point from which a bowler starts his run-up, usually marked in some way so that the length and direction of the run-up remains constant
    Citation ‘At that moment Michael Holding suddenly marched back past his regular mark, stopped two thirds of the way back to the pavilion and began gliding in off his long run’ (Matthew Engel, Guardian 14 August 1984)


  • A visible, magnetic, or otherwise detectable trace, impression, symbol, or property, which serves to distinguish, indicate, or identify. Also called marker (1).
  • In a storage medium, such as magnetic tape, a blip, symbol, notch, or other device utilized for identification, timing, or the like. For example, a control character or code which indicates a subdivision in a file, or the end of a record. Also called marker (2).
  • To identify a location, block of text, or other unit of information utilizing a mark (2).
  • In the transmission of information, a high state, or binary I, as opposed to a space (11) which indicates a low state, or binary 0.
  • To identify something for location or guiding purposes.
  • In optical sensing, a line, circle, or other tracing which is recognized by an optical sensor. Also called optical mark.


  • (written as Mark)
    bone marrow

Information & Library Science

  • noun a sign or symbol written on a page
  • abbreviation in Internet addresses, the top-level domain for Macedonia


  • noun a sign put on an item to show something
    a former unit of currency in Germany


  • noun a cross (‘X’) put on a document in place of a signature by someone who cannot write


  • noun a spot or small area of a different colour


  • noun anything which is drawn, painted, written on, placed on or cut into the surface of an object or the ground, in order to convey a meaning
  • noun any cut or indentation in the surface of an object or the ground as a result of damage
  • verb to use a sign, light or coloured smoke, so that other people can see a target, landing zones, etc.
  • abbreviationMk


  • noun a dupe or target chosen by a conman, pickpocket, etc. An old term, recorded as long ago as 1885 and still in use all over the English-speaking world


  • verb in games such as football and hockey, to stay close to an attacking player in the opposing team to prevent the player from receiving the ball or scoring

Origin & History of “mark”

English has two words mark, although they may be ultimately related. Mark ‘sign, trace’ (OE) goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *markō. this seems originally to have denoted ‘boundary’ (that is what Old English mearc meant, and related forms such as march ‘border’ and margin still bear witness to it), but the notion of a ‘sign denoting a boundary’ seems to have led early on to the development of the word’s main present-day sense. Remark is closely related, as are marquis and marchioness, and marquetry (16th c.), borrowed from French marqueterie, a derivative of marque ‘mark’, denotes etymologically work that is ‘marked’ with patterns.

Mark ‘coin’ (OE) comes from medieval Latin marcus or marca, which may well derive ultimately from the ancestor of mark ‘sign, trace’ (its etymological meaning being ‘mark on a piece of metal, constituting a coin’).