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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The duties and responsibilities of a battalion Master Marksman would closely resemble those of a mechanized infantry or armor Master Gunner.
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If the marksman is a skilled shot, has the correct rifle with a good telescopic sight and a bipod for a steady aim, he can kill a fox instantly at 300 yards.
SLAUGHTER: Lorries loaded with culled sheep yesterday in Newry, Co Down, before being driven to Belfast for rendering; SHARPSHOOTER: A marksman yesterday
CHARGE: The bull races across the motorway as the marksman takes aim; TOO LATE: But it is on the policeman before he has time to pull the trigger; GORED: The bull's right horn jabs his midriff, causing a seven-inch wound; ESCAPE: The injured marksman falls to the ground and the bull races off
Finally a marksman felled him with a single shot to the chest through an open window.
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Fellow Zeba member Peter Marksman, an educated Ojibwe who went on to serve as an interpreter and minister in Native churches for more than 50 years, was also chosen as a tribal leader.