Definition of watermark in English:

watermark

noun

  • A faint design made in some paper during manufacture that is visible when held against the light and typically identifies the maker.

    • ‘Information such as a watermark in the paper may help identify a place and date of production.’
    • ‘He holds up the piece of paper and it is blank except a small watermark in the center.’
    • ‘Every few leaves of the Mackenzie journal there appears a watermark in the lower left corner.’
    • ‘The euro notes carry a watermark and security thread, plus a circular symbol, half of which is transparent.’
    • ‘It presents the results of research on surviving prints, based on a painstaking physical examination of the paper used, watermarks and typefaces.’
    • ‘Note that there's now space in what he says to include the possibility that the watermarks were completely removed.’
    • ‘The watermark on this paper depicts the royal arms of England, a design common through a large part of the eighteenth century, and the handwriting (seemingly the same for both poems) is also eighteenth-century in appearance.’
    • ‘According to the Central Bank, because secure paper is the basis for producing safe banknotes, some security features are part of, or inserted in, the paper itself, such as watermarks or embedded security threads.’
    • ‘But for bank notes, it was or is even more important for the National Banks to inform other National Banks of their new bank note, designs, colors, watermarks and other ways to distinguish copies and fakes.’
    • ‘Wyatt readily recognizes Poe's style and handwriting, but he quickly realizes that these unpublished stories were written on paper with a watermark dated 1966.’
    • ‘Cornwell tries to boost the evidence from the letters by matching watermarks in the paper.’
    • ‘It was typed up neatly on a standard piece of office paper bearing the official watermark and letterhead of the City Park Service.’
    • ‘He owned a paper mill on the banks of the Darent and in 1826 invented the Dandy Role, a device which could stamp a watermark into one roll of paper, instead of each individual sheet.’
    • ‘Secondly, when the bank note is held up to the light, a picture and the value of the bank note become visible as a watermark, while the security thread can also be seen as a dark line.’
    • ‘I looked at the watermark on the paper, then shot back.’
    • ‘The new dinar, which is printed on higher quality paper and contains several security devices, such as a watermark, embedded security strip and textured ink, will unify the currency across Iraq.’
    • ‘But for the watermark, the thickness of the paper and the missing security thread, the note, reportedly obtained from a private bank, looked like genuine currency for all practical purposes.’
    • ‘Such watermarks are common in papers of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and they often have a countermark giving the manufacturer's name and/or date.’
    logo, seal, stamp, imprint, symbol, emblem, device, insignia, badge, brand, trademark, token, monogram, hallmark, logotype, watermark, label, tag, flag, motto
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Mark (paper) with a watermark.

    • ‘And in the United States, the Federal Reserve used to end up with 13 million pounds of worn-out currency each year, some of which now mixes with recovered cotton waste to create a rich-textured, watermarked paper.’
    • ‘No amount of watermarked postal voting papers can guarantee this.’
    • ‘Moreover, most paper contracted for by the military was watermarked with an eagle, wings extended.’
    • ‘Rosen also questions why bank statements come on ‘cheap white paper’ instead of watermarked heavy-bond paper, which, while more expensive for banks, is more secure for the client.’
    • ‘Replacing serial numbers on ballot papers with barcodes so fraudulent votes can be identified, and introducing watermarked or security-printed ballot papers may be other measures.’
    • ‘Additionally, the paper stock used is watermarked.’
    • ‘Consider as an example the watermarking of currency, so that scanners and photocopy machines will recognize a bill and refuse to scan it.’
    • ‘They were duly printed out on the official paper, which was watermarked and crown headed.’

Pronunciation:

watermark

/ˈwɔːtəmɑːk/