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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)

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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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Baltic Storm 2.00 Plumpton SP forecast 5-4 Achieved a fair level of form in the spring, improving with experience, and can still run as a novice for a little while longer despite getting off the mark in March.
After getting off the mark at the third time of asking in a course-anddistance maiden in January, Michael Bell's daughter of Cape Cross was sent off the 5-2 favourite for a handicap, again over the extended mile, last month.
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.
Don't Blame Me 5.45 Kempton SP forecast 7-4 Given time by Clive Cox after a gelding operation in January and seemingly improved for it, getting off the mark on his second start back over course and distance last month, albeit getting the run of the race.
PRESTON 1 HUDDERSFIELD 0 LEAGUE ONE CHRIS ROBERTSON admitted his relief at getting off the mark for Preston after a rough few weeks for the club.
I WAS delighted to see Peter Crouch finally getting off the mark for Liverpool after more than 24 hours without a goal.
Knight Ofthe Realm 1.45 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.
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.