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Defn: A license of reprisals. See Marque.
Mark, n. Etym: [See 2d Marc.]
1. An old weight and coin. See Marc. "Lend me a mark." Chaucer.
2. The unit of monetary account of the German Empire, equal to 23.8
cents of United States money; the equivalent of one hundred pfennigs.
Also, a silver coin of this value.
Mark, n. Etym: [OE. marke, merke, AS. mearc; akin to D. merk, MHG. marc, G. marke, Icel. mark, Dan. mærke; cf. Lith. margas party- colored. sq. root106, 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 trade-mark.
(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. Knight.
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. Bacon.
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. Davies.
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. Preëminence; high position; as, particians of mark; a fellow of no mark.
Defn: A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential.
12. A number or other character used in registring; 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." Chaucer.
Defn: 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 "deeps." A man of mark, a conspicuous or
-- 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.
-- Impress; impression; stamp; print; trace; vestige; track; characteristic; evidence; proof; token; badge; indication; symptom.
Mark, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Marked; p. pr. & vb. n. Marking.] Etym: [OE. marken, merken, AS. mearcian, from mearc. See Mark the sign.]
1. To put a mark upon; to affix a significant mark to; to make recognizable by a mark; as, to mark a box or bale of merchandise; to mark clothing.
2. To be a mark upon; to designate; to indicate; -- used literally and figuratively; as, this monument marks the spot where Wolfe died; his courage and energy marked him for a leader.
3. To leave a trace, scratch, scar, or other mark, upon, or any evidence of action; as, a pencil marks paper; his hobnails marked the floor.
4. To keep account of; to enumerate and register; as, to mark the points in a game of billiards or cards.
5. To notice or observe; to give attention to; to take note of; to
remark; to heed; to regard.
"Mark the perfect man." Psalm 37.
To mark out.
(a) To designate, as by a mark; to select; as, the ringleaders were marked out for punishment.
(b) To obliterate or cancel with a mark; as, to mark out an item in an account.
-- To mark time (Mil.), to keep the time of a marching step by moving the legs alternately without advancing.
-- To note; remark; notice; observe; regard; heed; show; evince; indicate; point out; betoken; denote; characterize; stamp; imprint; impress; brand.
Mark, v. i.
Defn: To take particular notice; to observe critically; to note; to
Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh maschief. 1 Kings 20:7.
---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Mark - Refers to Saint Mark the evangelist; "John whose surname was Mark" (Acts 12:12, Acts 12:25). Mark (Marcus, Colossians 4:10, etc.) was his Roman name, which gradually came to supersede his Jewish name John. He is called John in Acts 13:5, Acts 13:13, and Mark in Acts 15:39, 2 Timothy 4:11, etc. He was the son of Mary, a woman apparently of some means and influence, and was probably born in Jerusalem, where his mother resided (Acts 12:12). Of his father we know nothing. He was cousin of Barnabas (Colossians 4:10). It was in his mother's house that Peter found "many gathered together praying" when he was released from prison; and it is probable that it was here that he was converted by Peter, who calls him his "son" (1 Peter 5:13). It is probable that the "young man" spoken of in Mark 14:51, Mark 14:52 was Mark himself. He is first mentioned in Acts 12:25. He went with Paul and Barnabas on their first journey (about A.D. 47) as their "minister," but from some cause turned back when they reached Perga in Pamphylia (Acts 12:25; Acts 13:13). Three years afterwards a "sharp contention" arose between Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:36), because Paul would not take Mark with him. He, however, was evidently at length reconciled to the apostle, for he was with him in his first imprisonment at Rome (Colossians 4:10; Philemon 1:24). At a later period he was with Peter in Babylon (1 Peter 5:13), then, and for some centuries afterwards, one of the chief seats of Jewish|Jewish]] learning; and he was with Timothy in Ephesus when Paul wrote him during his second imprisonment (2 Timothy 4:11). He then disappears from view.
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