- (of a phoneme) characterized by the presence of a phonological feature that serves to distinguish it from an otherwise similar phoneme lacking that feature, as (d), which, in contrast to (t), is characterized by the presence of voicing.
- characterized by the presence of a marker indicating the grammatical function of a construction, as the plural in English, which, in contrast to the singular, is typically indicated by the presence of the marker -s.
- specifying an additional element of meaning, in contrast to a semantically related item, as drake in contrast to duck, where drake specifies “male” while duck does not necessarily specify sex.
- occurring less typically than an alternative form, as the word order in Down he fell in contrast to the more usual order of He fell down.Compare unmarked(def 2).
Related formsmark·ed·ly [mahr-kid-lee] /ˈmɑr kɪd li/, adverbmark·ed·ness, nounhalf-marked, adjectivewell-marked, adjective
Examples from the Web for well-marked
But a party achieves nothing by boldly and bravely marching off a well-marked cliff.
It is, however, a fact that if a plant is removed from natural conditions into cultivation, a well-marked variation occurs.Darwin and Modern Science|A.C. Seward and Others
It had five well-marked foot-pads, an indication of long nails, and the whole print might be nearly as large as a dessert-spoon.Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes|Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The ammoniacal solution of the colouring matter of cochineal yields three well-marked absorption bands.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
Or consider a well-marked case of what we are in the habit of calling chemical combination.
However much it may stimulate for a little while, a period of well-marked depression follows.Tea and Tea Drinking|Arthur Reade