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for To make one''s mark
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Mark \Mark\, n. [OE. marke, merke, AS. mearc; akin to D. merk,
MHG. marc, G. marke, Icel. mark, Dan. m[ae]rke; cf. Lith.
margas party-colored. [root]106, 273. Cf. Remark.]
1. A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything;
esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like, drawn or
impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some
information or intimation; a token; a trace.
The Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him
should kill him. --Gen. iv. 15.
(a) A character or device put on an article of merchandise
by the maker to show by whom it was made; a
(b) A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for
a signature by one who can not write.
The mark of the artisan is found upon the most
ancient fabrics that have come to light.
3. A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a
traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a seamark, a landmark.
4. A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although
not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar, stain,
etc.; as, this pencil makes a fine mark.
I have some marks of yours upon my pate. --Shak.
5. An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a
significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a
permanent impression of one's activity or character.
The confusion of tongues was a mark of separation.
6. That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at;
what one seeks to hit or reach.
France was a fairer mark to shoot at than Ireland.
Whate'er the motive, pleasure is the mark. --Young.
7. Attention, regard, or respect.
As much in mock as mark. --Shak.
8. Limit or standard of action or fact; as, to be within the
mark; to come up to the mark.
9. Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station.
In the official marks invested, you
Anon do meet the Senate. --Shak.
10. Preeminence; high position; as, patricians of mark; a
fellow of no mark.
11. (Logic) A characteristic or essential attribute; a
12. A number or other character used in registering; as,
examination marks; a mark for tardiness.
13. Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one's image;
children; descendants. [Obs.] "All the mark of Adam."
14. (Naut.) One of the bits of leather or colored bunting
which are placed upon a sounding line at intervals of
from two to five fathoms. The unmarked fathoms are called
A man of mark, a conspicuous or eminent man.
To make one's mark. (a) To sign, as a letter or other
writing, by making a cross or other mark.
(b) To make a distinct or lasting impression on the
public mind, or on affairs; to gain distinction.
Syn: Impress; impression; stamp; print; trace; vestige;
track; characteristic; evidence; proof; token; badge;
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