- a person or thing that marks.
- something used as a mark or indication, as a bookmark or tombstone.
- a person who records the scores, points, etc., as in a game or contest.
- a counter used in card playing.
- Genetics. genetic marker.
- Psychology. an object, as a book or topcoat left at a library table, used to establish territorial possession in a public place.
- an element of a construction, as a coordinating conjunction, that is not a part of either immediate constituent.
- an element that indicates the grammatical class or function of a construction.
- a small radio beacon, automatically operated, used for local navigation of vessels.
- Also called marker pen, marking pen. a pen designed for making bold, colorful, or indelible marks, as in making signs or identifying objects.
- a debt, especially a gambling debt.
- a written or signed promise to pay a debt, especially a gambling debt; a promissory note or IOU.
- Also called marker crude. Commerce. a grade of oil on which prices of other crude oils are based.
- Citizens Band Radio Slang. one's location while driving on a highway, as determined by the nearest milepost.
Origin of marker
Examples from the Web for marker
Jett sees this number as a marker of how much the president allows professionals to do the job.U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale
January 2, 2015
Certainly Democrats laid a marker down for the next two years.‘Cromnibus’ Passes, But Did Anyone Win?
December 12, 2014
In their opinion, this would allow conservatives to lay a marker down on immigration while avoiding a shutdown for the time being.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill
December 11, 2014
“The point of the report is to put down a marker for future generations,” he said.White House Must Decide Who Will Be Named in the CIA ‘Torture Report’
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
August 7, 2014
For cheetahs, Marker has been at the forefront of educating people in the Middle East.The $10 Billion Pet Cheetah and Chimp Industry
July 20, 2014
Tibby put a marker in the leaves of his Chinese Grammar and helped them.Howards End
E. M. Forster
The first "XV" explaining "Rebeck" has no marker in the original text.The Baron's Yule Feast: A Christmas Rhyme
Marker attempted to shoot the constable, but his revolver missed fire.Policing the Plains
He had employed a marker, who had just marked nineteen out of the twenty.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
The marker has been moved next to the reference to a dissecting pin in the text.Textiles
William H. Dooley
- something used for distinguishing or marking
- (as modifier)a marker buoy
- a person or thing that marks
- a person or object that keeps or shows scores in a game
- a trait, condition, gene, or substance that indicates the presence of, or a probable increased predisposition to, a medical or psychological disorderSee biological marker, genetic marker, medical marker
Word Origin and History for marker
Old English mearcere "writer, notary" (glossing Latin notarius "clerk"), literally "one who marks," agent noun from mark (v). Not found again until late 15c., hence modern use is perhaps a separate formation. Meaning "monument stone" is from 1888. Meaning "felt-tipped marker pen" is from 1951, so called because their purpose was to "highlight" text.
- One that marks or serves as a mark.
- A physiological substance, such as human chorionic gonadotropin or alpha-fetoprotein, that may indicate disease when present in abnormal amounts in the serum, as that caused by a malignancy.biomarker
- A genetic marker.