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n. 1) an "X" made by a person who is illiterate or too weak to sign his/her full name, used in the expression "His Mark," or "Her Mark." On the rare occasion that this occurs, the "X" should be within or next to a notation such as "Theresa Testator, her mark." If the mark is intended as a signature to a will it should be formally witnessed (as signatures are) to make the will valid. (See: will)

mark

noun autograph, badge, characteristic, check, cipher, countermark, emblem, identification, idiosyncrasy, imprint, indication, initials, manifestation, marker, proof, record, representation, sign, signature, stamp, symbol, token, trace, trademark, vestige
See also: attaint, attend, brand, characteristic, characterize, clue, color, complexion, concern, consider, deface, degree, demarcate, denote, designate, designation, discriminate, distinguish, earmark, eminence, expression, feature, goal, heed, importance, impression, index, indicant, indication, indicator, inscribe, inscription, intention, interest, label, magnitude, manifest, manifestation, monument, note, notice, objective, observe, particularity, perceive, prestige, property, recognize, record, regard, reputation, select, sign, significance, signify, smear, speciality, specialty, stain, stamp, subscribe, symbol, symptom, target, trademark, trait, watch, witness

MARK. This term has several acceptations. 1. It is a sign traced on paper or parchment, which stands in the place of a signature, usually made by persons who cannot write. 2 Cart. R. 324; M. & M. 516; 12 Pet. 150; 7 Bing. 457; 2 Ves. 455; 1 V. & B. 362; 1 Ves., jr. 11. A mark is now held to be a good signature, though the party was able to write. 8 Ad. & El. 94; 3 Nev. & Per. 228; 3 Curt. 752; 5 John. 144. Vide Subscription.
     2.-2. It is the sign, writing or ticket put upon manufactured goods to distinguish them from others. Poph. R. 144; 3 B & C. 541; 2 Atk. R. 485; 2 V. & B. 218; 3 M. & C. 1; Ed. Inj. 814. Vide Trade Marks.
     3.-3. Mark or marc, denotes a weight used in several parts of Europe, and for several commodities, especially gold and silver. When gold and silver are sold by the mark, it is divided into twenty-four carats.
     4.-4. Mark is also in England a money of accounts, and in some other countries a coin. The English marc is two-thirds of a pound sterling, or 13s. 4d., and the Scotch mark is of equal value in Scotch money of account. Ency. Amer. h.t.

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WAYNE ROONEY got a great goal against Roma and getting off the mark for the season will give him a lot of confidence.
Unless the HQ boys have something extra special up their sleeve at Lingfield Eager Diva looks capable of getting off the mark here for her Yorkshire stable.
Charlie Egerton's gelding is an ex point-to-pointer and was fifth in a hot contest at Sandown on his timber debut last season before getting off the mark under Rules last month when outpointing Mikado.
He took 44 minutes and 51 balls before getting off the mark and it hardly got any quicker after that as he and first innings centurion Paul Weekes carried Middlesex to safety.
Genari narrowly failed to spring a 33-1 shock on his debut at Newbury last month and Paul Cole's colt should not be long in getting off the mark judged on that effort.
30 Southwell SP forecast 11-8 Was an 18-race maiden until getting off the mark over fences on October 22 and has quickly rattled up a hat-trick.
NEWCASTLE UNITED have done the hard part in the first week of the season - getting off the mark against Spurs.
Relatively unexposed, PATH OF PEACE looks capable of making her presence felt in handicaps after getting off the mark at Newcastle in May.
KALAM DALEEL showed more than enough on his debut to suggest he is capable of getting off the mark in the Hardings Bar & Catering Services Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Brighton tomorrow.
25), bred to win a Derby, can justify the decision to keep him in training by getting off the mark at Great Leighs today.
WOOLCOMBE FOLLY came close to getting off the mark for champion trainer Paul Nicholls in division two of the maiden hurdle at Taunton and should have no trouble going one better next time out.