Definition of marker in English:



  • 1An object used to indicate a position, place, or route.

    ‘they erected a granite marker at the crash site’
    [as modifier] ‘marker posts’
    figurative ‘the most portable marker of class privilege, the wearing of natural fibers’
    • ‘The track is above the road and is indicated by dark blue markers.’
    • ‘Put a marker on the ground, and always stand on that spot.’
    • ‘There are, however, neither signs of life nor markers to indicate where we are.’
    • ‘He took a small stone and tapped the marker stone that was positioned directly under the painting.’
    • ‘I stared down at the grave marker that now seemed old compared to the ones around it.’
    • ‘When radiographs are taken to detect foreign bodies a metallic marker should always be placed at the site of the injury, tangential to the site of entry.’
    • ‘The walkway also has brass markers indicating where the coastline was in 1788.’
    • ‘The orange race route markers pointed straight into an empty box car.’
    • ‘He offers to sell fishermen special marker buoys to help them identify their nets and fishing spots.’
    • ‘Some of the coloured route markers are over-ruled by diversion signs.’
    • ‘Lobster-pot fishermen really should be banned from using black marker buoys at this time of year - it gets very distracting.’
    • ‘In the pipeline are permanent route markers in mosaic and cement.’
    • ‘Climb up past the coastguard lookout, and take a right turn at the marker post.’
    • ‘After a distance this path begins to rise round a prominent bend to where another narrower path leaves the main one at a marker post.’
    • ‘He put it to the defendant that the granite post was a marker for disputed property and the defendant had removed it in a bid to claim the property.’
    • ‘Stones resting on the markers that indicate where barracks once were act as symbols of remembrance.’
    • ‘The section start and end positions were indicated with marker posts on the side of the road plus a steel rod was driven into the pavement on the centre line.’
    • ‘You see a marker post which tells you that you're on the right track, which momentarily raises your spirits about three millimetres from rock bottom.’
    • ‘In fact, a roadside marker along Route 60 still commemorates the case today.’
    • ‘The two people in question were driving their car out to Coney Island when they veered off the line of concrete markers which marks the route.’
    notice, signpost, signboard, warning sign, road sign, traffic sign
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    1. 1.1 A thing serving as a standard of comparison or as an indication of what may be expected.
      ‘such studies may provide a unique marker in the quest to understand the brain’
      • ‘William Hague laid down a marker for the election this week, when he made a speech promising that a Tory government would introduce tax cuts.’
      • ‘‘He put down a marker last week and is expected to play some part in the match at Morpeth,’ said Gair.’
      • ‘Schuettler, it was, who put down the first marker, ripping a forehand past Agassi in the first set to take the lead.’
      • ‘Kerry's success against Cork on Saturday laid down a marker for the championship.’
      • ‘This was a day, admittedly, when Waterford laid down a marker.’
      • ‘Despite the fact that he was not fully wound up he certainly laid down a marker that he is going to be extremely difficult to beat in the event.’
      • ‘With this turn around we have put down a marker and this is only the beginning.’
      • ‘It might have ended in defeat but York City Knights laid down a marker for themselves yesterday with a performance full of pride, effort and ability.’
      • ‘In Division Two, Old Crescent laid down a marker with a comprehensive victory over Midleton at Rosbrien on Saturday.’
      • ‘The courts have laid down a marker before the executive branch - they have staked out their procedural position.’
    2. 1.2 A radio beacon used to guide the pilot of an aircraft.
      marker, anchored float, navigation mark, guide, beacon, signal
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    3. 1.3North American informal A promissory note; an IOU.
      ‘Phyllis owed a marker in the neighborhood of $100,000’
      label, ticket, badge, mark, marker, tab, tally, sticker, docket, stub, chit, chitty, counterfoil, flag, stamp
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  • 2A felt-tip pen with a broad tip.

    • ‘On last day of school you attempted to get me disqualified from my business exam by using a marker pen and writing on me’
    • ‘I finally realised that the colour was probably caused by the marker pen that I had used to write my name on the vest.’
    • ‘The dossier was sent to newspapers, in one case with the 45-minute claim highlighted with a marker pen.’
    • ‘I was drawing directly onto the window of my studio, outlining the view with a marker pen.’
    • ‘She took a marker pen and wrote in big black letters on my records.’
    • ‘I carried a little marker pen in my pocket and when he played something which took my fancy I'd pop out the cassette and put a little dot on the plastic to mark the place.’
    • ‘In the center of the back was a hand written Japanese character in permanent black marker.’
    • ‘The court was told how he had gone out armed with a black marker pen to do some graffiti writing.’
    • ‘It looked like there might once have been something written on the wrapper with a marker pen.’
    • ‘This can be done using a sharp pointed object such as a steel nail, an engraver or a marker pen, with special ink which can only be seen under ultra-violet light and is not easily removed.’
    • ‘Her sense of loss is literally written on her skin at the beginning of the film, as prefigured in the image of her writing on her abdomen with a black marker pen.’
    • ‘In those days, before computers, ideas were still bashed out using a typewriter and a marker pen.’
    • ‘He was pleasant, very charming, but when we were waiting for filming and he was standing behind me, he wrote on my ear with a marker pen!’
    • ‘A couple of minutes ago I picked up the marker pen sitting at the side of the mouse and start doodling on a business card that sits atop the keyboard - a legacy from yet another idea that seemed brilliant only days ago.’
    • ‘Because of the short notice, I can't receive any artwork for ads, but am willing to use a marker pen to scribble your company slogan on my t-shirt for money.’
    • ‘I always carry a black marker with me, just in case: this is my weapon.’
    • ‘Mark the smelly side of the chopping board with a permanent marker, so you always chop the onions, garlic, chives etc on that side.’
    • ‘But I now think that it is in every toddler's destiny at some point to take a permanent marker pen to some piece of household furniture.’
    • ‘I fully expect someone to take a marker pen and draw on a pair of glasses and a goatee.’
    • ‘She saw him put a bandana over his head and draw a small mustache with the marker she always carried.’
  • 3(chiefly in soccer) a player who is assigned to mark a particular opponent.

    • ‘Josemi tries to put Baros through with a long-throw, but the Czech striker fouls his marker and concedes a free-kick.’
    • ‘Ferdinand found Veron, who tricked, turned and slipped a pass inside his marker for Giggs.’
    • ‘Sanderson crossed from the left to Rae and the on-loan Berwick Rangers player rounded his marker with ease before slotting past the goalkeeper.’
    • ‘With the ball lifted over his closest marker, he dispatched a powerful half volley.’
    • ‘Six minutes after his introduction Miller surged into the box as the passes reached 22 and Larsson undid his marker on the left wing.’
    • ‘Reyes hit a swirling, inswinging free-kick, Juanito evaded his marker and headed into the top corner from 10 yards.’
    • ‘Ramos jumps above his marker, but the ball flicks off his head and over the bar.’
    • ‘The Uruguay striker collected a ball on the edge of the penalty area, span past his marker and planted the ball into the bottom corner.’
    • ‘Horne in particular was able to use his pace to get beyond his marker but his final ball was met by Beckwithshaw's solid defending.’
    • ‘Yes, I really enjoyed the game, it was a great ball across the face of the box by Scott Murray and I just managed to get in front of my marker to slide the ball past Richard Wright.’
    • ‘Darren Rooney is at the top of his game while Paul McDonald is one of the tightest markers in Gaelic football.’
    • ‘It was Dargo who took a bite at it, escaping his marker to position himself low to head past the exposed Combe from Barry Wilson's cross.’
    • ‘On one occasion he picked up the ball, spun his marker, played a quick one-two, dashed clear… and put the ball wide.’
    • ‘The teenager ran straight for goal side stepping his marker and dispatched the ball to the bottom right corner of the net.’
    • ‘The Liverpool tall guy was often penalised in his duels with his markers.’
    • ‘The Rams doubled their advantage on 17 minutes when Danny Heys beat his marker to the ball to fire home from close range.’
    • ‘Vryzas muscles his marker off the ball after Russia fail to clear from a corner, and knocks the ball in from six yards.’
    • ‘After the break Radzinski turned provider when he flicked the ball over his marker to put Jensen through.’
    • ‘The target man once again held the ball up despite the close attention of his marker and again found a corner to play the ball around.’
    • ‘Henry cuts in from the left, lets his marker sprawl on the turf and slams the ball past Stiel.’
  • 4British A person who records the score in a game, especially in snooker or billiards.

    • ‘The marker was Burley-in-Wharfedale's English Billiards champion Steve Crosland.’
    • ‘He strode in, startling the billiard marker, Thomas Budd, who was about to close the side door.’
    token, counter, man, disc, chip, marker
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