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mark

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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Sith it be no better,'' said Locksley, ``I am content to try my fortune; on condition that when I have shot two shafts at yonder mark of Hubert's, he shall be bound to shoot one at that which I shall propose.
Each struck upon the bull's-eye, and one even nearer the center than his rival's mark.
Another mark of substance is that it has no contrary.
By this time the old hunter was ready for his business, and throwing his right leg far behind him, and stretching his left arm along the barrel of his piece, he raised it toward the bird, Every eye glanced rapidly from the marks man to the mark; but at the moment when each ear was expecting the report of the rifle, they were disappointed by the ticking sound of the flint.
The Mark Boat signals we must attend to the derelict, now whistling her death-song, as she falls beneath us in long sick zigzags.
And as usual old `Uncle Mark Miller' brought me from the station with his ancient buggy and what he calls his `generous purpose' horse.
Thinking it a mark of distinction, the Dog grew proud of his bell and went tinkling it all over the marketplace.
But mark you now yonder lofty turret in the centre, which stands back from the river and hath a broad banner upon the summit.
The thumb is wanting and we have only the mark of the palm; but if we follow the trace of the hand," I continued, "we see that, after leaving its imprint on the wall, the touch sought the door, found it, and then felt for the lock--"
I scored the bit about the Child with my pencil, and put a morsel of paper for a mark to keep the place; "Lie you there," I said, "till the marriage of Mr.
He held the lamp down and illuminated a smudge of blood like the mark of a boot-sole upon the wooden sill.
I have several such dried bits, which I use for marks in my whale-books.