- 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 debt, especially a gambling debt.
- a written or signed promise to pay a debt, especially a gambling debt; a promissory note or IOU.
Examples from the Web for marker
Jett sees this number as a marker of how much the president allows professionals to do the job.
Certainly Democrats laid a marker down for the next two years.
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|Ben Jacobs|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|DAILY BEAST
For cheetahs, Marker has been at the forefront of educating people in the Middle East.
I thought the old German woman's house was mighty nice; but it wasn't a marker 'longside of this.The Princess and Joe Potter|James Otis
Hits and misses are signalled by a marker stationed, rather perilously, by the side of the butt.
They 136should be provided with a 2-inch marker, for use in making the hems in the top of the bibs.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools|Ministry of Education Ontario
Some books are given a marker; this is made of silk ribbon or of a cheaper kind specially woven for the purpose.Practical Bookbinding|Paul Adam
A very active member; joined the Company when a mere boy and filled the position of marker.
British Dictionary definitions for marker
- something used for distinguishing or marking
- (as modifier)a marker buoy
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.