[ waw-ter-mahrk, wot-er- ]
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  1. a mark indicating the height to which water rises or has risen, as in a river or inlet.

  1. a figure or design impressed in some paper during manufacture, visible when the paper is held to the light.

  2. Also dig·it·al wa·ter·mark [dij-i-tl waw-ter-mahrk, wot-er-] /ˈdɪdʒ ɪ tl ˈwɔ tərˌmɑrk, ˈwɒt ər-/ .Computers. a small piece of code or identifiable data sequence embedded into a digital file, usually an image or an audio or video file, as a traceable marker of origin or ownership.

verb (used with object)
  1. to mark (paper or a digital file) with a watermark.

  2. to impress (a design, pattern, etc.), as a watermark.

  1. Computers. to place (a digital identifier) into a file.

Origin of watermark

First recorded in 1625–35; water + mark1

Other words from watermark

  • un·wa·ter·marked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for watermark


/ (ˈwɔːtəˌmɑːk) /

  1. a distinguishing mark impressed on paper during manufacture, visible when the paper is held up to the light

  1. to mark (paper) with a watermark

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