[ mahr-king ]
/ ˈmɑr kɪŋ /


a mark, or a number or pattern of marks: birds with colorful markings.
the act of a person or thing that marks: the marking of papers.

Nearby words

  1. markham,
  2. markham, edwin,
  3. markhoor,
  4. markhor,
  5. markiewicz,
  6. marking gage,
  7. marking ink,
  8. marking pen,
  9. markka,
  10. markov chain

Origin of marking

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at mark1, -ing1

Origin of mark

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English mearc mark, sign, banner, dividing line, borderland; cognate with German Mark borderland, unit of weight, Old Norse mǫrk forest (orig., borderland), unit of weight, Gothic marka boundary, borderland, Latin margō margin; (v.) Middle English marken, Old English mearcian; cognate with Old Frisian merkia, Old High German marchōn, Old Norse marka to plan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for marking

British Dictionary definitions for marking


/ (ˈmɑːkɪŋ) /


a mark or series of marks
the arrangement of colours on an animal, plant, etc
assessment and correction of school children's or students' written work by teaching staff


/ (mɑːk) /

noun New Testament

one of the four Evangelists. Feast day: April 25
the second Gospel, traditionally ascribed to him


/ (mɑːk) /




rugby Union the shout given by a player when calling for a mark
See also markdown, mark-up

Word Origin for mark

Old English mearc mark; related to Old Norse mörk boundary land, Old High German marha boundary, Latin margō margin


/ (mɑːk) /


a former monetary unit and coin in England and Scotland worth two thirds of a pound sterling
a silver coin of Germany until 1924

Word Origin for mark

Old English marc unit of weight of precious metal, perhaps from the marks on metal bars; apparently of Germanic origin and related to mark 1

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Word Origin and History for marking
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for marking


[ märk ]


A spot or line on a surface, visible through difference in color or elevation from that of the surrounding area.
A distinctive trait or property.


To make a visible trace or impression on, as occurs with a spot or dent.
To form, make, or depict by making a mark.
To distinguish or characterize.

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Idioms and Phrases with marking


In addition to the idioms beginning with mark

  • mark down
  • marked man, a
  • mark my words
  • mark time
  • mark up

also see:

  • beside the point (mark)
  • black mark
  • give bad marks to
  • high-water mark
  • hit the bull's-eye (mark)
  • make one's mark
  • off the mark
  • quick off the mark
  • toe the line (mark)
  • up to par (the mark)
  • wide of the mark
  • x marks the spot
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