Definition of marking in US English:



usually markings
  • 1A mark or set of marks.

    ‘the new outfits had luminous reflective markings’
    ‘the new road markings will highlight the two lanes’
    • ‘As for the line markings on the streets, they are obeyed even less than street signs.’
    • ‘The markings were patterned, dividing the door into four quadrants, each with identical designs.’
    • ‘The project also served as a test site for a new 3M wet reflective tape for highway markings on concrete.’
    • ‘She wore a grey hooded top and had trainers with white luminous markings, which looked new.’
    • ‘I, myself, was in a serious accident at Newby Bridge in 1994 and as a result, new and improved road markings were put in place at the accident spot.’
    • ‘British Transport Police paid to have the car modified, which included fitting flashing lights, communication systems and markings.’
    • ‘Teardrop was known as a friend of the homeless and was easily recognised because of the tattoos all over his body, including tribal markings on his face.’
    • ‘Green markings which have been put down to delineate a cycle way on the road at Waterhead, Ambleside, have caused a flurry of letters to the Gazette in recent weeks.’
    • ‘They also want crossings illuminated when being used and railway vehicles to have reflective markings.’
    • ‘Stockport council will now have to spend thousands of pounds to reverse the markings at 30 crossings to comply with new government regulations.’
    • ‘Amateur collectors in East Anglia have now found stone tools and animal bones which show markings that can only have been made by humans using such tools.’
    • ‘It always pays to fully explore well away from the wreck and to mark on the plotter any significant markings of loose wreckage.’
    • ‘The planes were parked on the ramp and given a coat of Olive Drab camouflage along with period markings.’
    • ‘Also at one point the object seemed to light up the solid white reflective center roadway markings.’
    • ‘The available ground will be soon marked out with distinctive markings.’
    • ‘On the contrary, we know that the pattern of ink markings on the page you are reading was impressed on the ink by the printing device.’
    • ‘To tackle that, clear weight restriction signs could be put in place before vehicles reach West Chevin Road, as well as hazard markings and warning signs.’
    • ‘She noticed that he had strange red markings on his skin, scorches possibly.’
    • ‘Connor could make out the distinctive hull markings that showed that this was no ordinary vehicle.’
    • ‘Other measures in the plan include new lane markings, anti-skid surfacing and several hundred yards of bus lane on Brighton Way up to the roundabout.’
    1. 1.1 A mark or pattern of marks on an animal's fur, feathers, or skin.
      ‘the distinctive black-and-white markings on its head’
      • ‘With its striking brown and white markings and glossy skin, the somewhat docile snake was weighed and checked in at 26,6kg.’
      • ‘It has beautiful black and white markings on its head and the foregoing adults of both sexes have very long horns.’
      • ‘The juvenile looks similar but lacks the white facial feathering and black markings on the belly.’
      • ‘On her belly is a beautiful pattern of black and white markings.’
      • ‘The adult insect is a moth with silvery-white forewings and brown stripes and black markings on each wing tip.’
      • ‘Some have distinctive markings on their heads and on their carapace, or upper shell.’
      • ‘They were of a copper color that was almost metallic, with black angular markings down the legs and around the waist.’
      • ‘Artists are also likely to use the natural markings of the animals as they develop their compositions.’
      • ‘It can be recognised by its distinctive yellow markings around the beak and bells on its leg.’
      • ‘This is where the Doberman gets his short, gleaming coat, and the fine black and tan markings.’
      • ‘The distinctive markings of pronghorns, especially the bright white rump patch, make them easy to spot.’
      • ‘They have distinct black markings on the ends of their fins, particularly the first dorsal and caudal fins.’
      • ‘You can hardly see their faces under their manes, just black markings around the mouth and lolling pink tongues.’
      • ‘The most common American shorthair color is the silver tabby with dense black markings on a sterling silver background.’
      • ‘The number of black markings can also range anywhere from no spots to 15 spots.’
      • ‘These hatch into white and pale yellow caterpillars with black heads, black markings, and a black horn.’
      • ‘Skippy is a medium-sized bitch, mostly white with black and brown markings.’
      • ‘Condor was a black horse with silver markings on the outsides of all four legs, in the form of streaks.’
      • ‘It really is a handsome beast with black and green markings.’
      • ‘He was a strange stylised round creature about a foot and a half tall with markings like black and white cows - only less symmetrical.’
      blemish, streak, spot, fleck, dot, blot, stain, smear, trace, speck, speckle, blotch, smudge, smut, smirch, fingermark, fingerprint, impression, imprint
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    2. 1.2Music A word or symbol on a score indicating the correct tempo, dynamic, or other aspect of performance.
      • ‘Wayward performances and an ambivalent attitude towards his score markings must be challenged.’
      • ‘Missing tempo markings may have led Bernstein to perform contrasting sections more slowly than Ives wished.’
      • ‘The tempo markings also use descriptive words, with a specific metronome marking given for each piece.’
      • ‘With a great orchestra, the conductor seldom has to clarify texture, as long as the players follow the markings in the score.’
      • ‘The editing includes dynamic markings and pedal indications but no fingerings.’