Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


And what monument would you have reared to mark the spot where Anaxagoras sleeps?

Mrs. Rushton was pleased with this mark of attention, and after a slight demur, accepted.

The voyage was more than half completed, and nothing of importance had occurred to mark it.

Their faces fell, and even Mark began a gentle expostulation.

Mark was in many things an exception—a curious mixture of child and youth.

Why shouldn't piggy have his fun as well as another—eh, Mark?

"Mind we don't forget to mention it as we go back," he said to Mark.

She was running towards them-shrieking, and no Mark was to be seen.

But before he knew, Mark had stretched his arms to Hester, and was out of his into hers.

When at length they reached home, Mark was put to bed, and the doctor sent for.


"trace, impression," Old English mearc (West Saxon), merc (Mercian) "boundary, sign, limit, mark," from Proto-Germanic *marko (cf. Old Norse merki "boundary, sign," mörk "forest," which often marked a frontier; Old Frisian merke, Gothic marka "boundary, frontier," Dutch merk "mark, brand," German Mark "boundary, boundary land"), from PIE *merg- "edge, boundary, border" (cf. Latin margo "margin;" Avestan mareza- "border," Old Irish mruig, Irish bruig "borderland," Welsh bro "district").

The primary sense is probably "boundary," which had evolved by Old English through "sign of a boundary," through "sign in general," then to "impression or trace forming a sign." Meaning "any visible trace or impression" first recorded c.1200. Sense of "line drawn to indicate starting point of a race" (e.g. on your marks ...) first attested 1887. The Middle English sense of "target" (c.1200) is the notion in marksman and slang sense "victim of a swindle" (1883). The notion of "sign, token" is behind the meaning "numerical award given by a teacher" (1829). Influenced by Scandinavian cognates.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.