To make one's mark
Mark Mark, n. [OE. marke, merke, AS. mearc; akin to D. merk, MHG. marc, G. marke, Icel. mark, Dan. m[ae]rke; cf. Lith. margas party-colored. [root]106, 273. Cf. {Remark}.] 1. A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like, drawn or impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some information or intimation; a token; a trace. [1913 Webster]

The Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. --Gen. iv. 15. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: (a) A character or device put on an article of merchandise by the maker to show by whom it was made; a trade-mark. (b) A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a signature by one who can not write. [1913 Webster]

The mark of the artisan is found upon the most ancient fabrics that have come to light. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

3. A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a seamark, a landmark. [1913 Webster]

4. A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar, stain, etc.; as, this pencil makes a fine mark. [1913 Webster]

I have some marks of yours upon my pate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a permanent impression of one's activity or character. [1913 Webster]

The confusion of tongues was a mark of separation. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

6. That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at; what one seeks to hit or reach. [1913 Webster]

France was a fairer mark to shoot at than Ireland. --Davies. [1913 Webster]

Whate'er the motive, pleasure is the mark. --Young. [1913 Webster]

7. Attention, regard, or respect. [1913 Webster]

As much in mock as mark. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

8. Limit or standard of action or fact; as, to be within the mark; to come up to the mark. [1913 Webster]

9. Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station. [1913 Webster]

In the official marks invested, you Anon do meet the Senate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

10. Pre["e]minence; high position; as, patricians of mark; a fellow of no mark. [1913 Webster]

11. (Logic) A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential. [1913 Webster]

12. A number or other character used in registering; as, examination marks; a mark for tardiness. [1913 Webster]

13. Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one's image; children; descendants. [Obs.] ``All the mark of Adam.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

14. (Naut.) One of the bits of leather or colored bunting which are placed upon a sounding line at intervals of from two to five fathoms. The unmarked fathoms are called ``deeps.'' [1913 Webster]

{A man of mark}, a conspicuous or eminent man.

{To make one's mark}. (a) To sign, as a letter or other writing, by making a cross or other mark. (b) To make a distinct or lasting impression on the public mind, or on affairs; to gain distinction. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Impress; impression; stamp; print; trace; vestige; track; characteristic; evidence; proof; token; badge; indication; symptom. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • make one's mark — {v. phr.} To become known to many people; do well the work you started to do; make a reputation. * /Shakespeare made his mark as a playwright./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make one's mark — {v. phr.} To become known to many people; do well the work you started to do; make a reputation. * /Shakespeare made his mark as a playwright./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make one's mark — phrasal to achieve success or fame …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To carry one's point — Point Point, n. [F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See {Pungent}, and cf. {Puncto}, {Puncture}.] 1. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set one's cap for — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set one's self against — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set one's teeth — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set one's cap — Cap Cap (k[a^]p), n. [OE. cappe, AS. c[ae]ppe, cap, cape, hood, fr. LL, cappa, capa; perhaps of Iberian origin, as Isidorus of Seville mentions it first: Capa, quia quasi totum capiat hominem; it. capitis ornamentum. See 3d {Cape}, and cf. 1st… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set one's cap for — Cap Cap (k[a^]p), n. [OE. cappe, AS. c[ae]ppe, cap, cape, hood, fr. LL, cappa, capa; perhaps of Iberian origin, as Isidorus of Seville mentions it first: Capa, quia quasi totum capiat hominem; it. capitis ornamentum. See 3d {Cape}, and cf. 1st… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To appoint one's self — Appoint Ap*point ([a^]p*point ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appointed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appointing}.] [OE. appointen, apointen, OF. apointier to prepare, arrange, lean, place, F. appointer to give a salary, refer a cause, fr. LL. appunctare to bring… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”