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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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Half-brother to the high-class Balakheri, the Sinndar colt confirmed promise when getting off the mark over course and distance last month and can give Stoute his third victory in this race in the last six years.
LORD JOSHUA bounced back into the JCB Triumph Hurdle picture when getting off the mark over timber at Newbury yesterday.
35 Salisbury SP forecast 13-8 Not hard-pressed to make all when getting off the mark stepped up to this trip at Ripon after showing only modest form on first two starts.
Healy was impressed and said: "This was a special night for me but it's so nice to see Kyle getting off the mark tonight.
I WAS delighted to see Peter Crouch finally getting off the mark for Liverpool after more than 24 hours without a goal.
Titus Secret was done at 100 on his way to getting off the mark in the 6f handicap at Brighton under Fergus Sweeney, who improved to 3-9 for trainer Malcolm Saunders at the track in the last five seasons.
Flintoff, playing a first class match for the first time since undergoing an ankle operation in January, made a nervous start and took 15 balls and 27 minutes before getting off the mark.
10), who landed a gamble when getting off the mark here on Monday, is fancied to follow up now his confidence has been boosted by a recent change of tactics.
45 Taunton SP forecast 7-4 Found plenty of improvement for the step up to 2m7f when getting off the mark at Exeter on Sunday, seeing it out well in testing ground.