Marking to Marry
Marking ink, indelible ink, because used in marking linen. Marking nut (Bot.), the nut of the Semecarpus
Anacardium, an East Indian tree. The shell of the nut yields a blackish resinous juice used for marking
cotton cloth, and an oil prepared from it is used for rheumatism.
(Mark"ing) n. The act of one who, or that which, marks; the mark or marks made; arrangement
or disposition of marks or coloring; as, the marking of a bird's plumage.
(Mar"kis) n. A marquis. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Mar"kis*esse) n. A marchioness. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Mark"man) n. A marksman. [Obs.] Shak.
(Marks"man) n.; pl. Marksmen [Earlier markman; mark + man.]
1. One skillful to hit a mark with a missile; one who shoots well.
2. (Law) One who makes his mark, instead of writing his name, in signing documents. Burrill.
(Marks"man*ship), n. Skill of a marksman.
Marling spike. (Naut.) See under Marline.
(Marl) v. t. [See Marline.] (Naut.) To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a pecular
hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding.
(Marl), n. [OF. marle, F. marne, LL. margila, dim. of L. marga marl. Originally a Celtic word,
according to Pliny, xvii. 7: "Quod genus terræ Galli et Britanni margam vocant." &radic274.] A mixed earthy
substance, consisting of carbonate of lime, clay, and sand, in very variable proportions, and accordingly
designated as calcareous, clayey, or sandy. See Greensand.
(Marl), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Marled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Marling.] [Cf. F. marner. See Marl, n.]
To overspread or manure with marl; as, to marl a field.
(Mar*la"ceous) a. Resembling marl; partaking of the qualities of marl.
Hook-billed marlin, a curlew.
(Mar"lin) n. (Zoöl.) The American great marbled godwit Applied also to the red-breasted godwit
Marline spike, Marling spike (Naut.), an iron tool tapering to a point, used to separate the strands of
a rope in splicing and in marling. It has an eye in the thick end to which a lanyard is attached. See Fid.
[Written also marlin spike] Marline-spike bird. [The name alludes to the long middle tail feathers.]
(Zoöl.) (a) A tropic bird. (b) A jager, or skua gull.
(Mar"line) n. [LG. marlien, marling, or D. marling, marlijn, fr. D. marren to tie, prob. akin to
E. moor, v., and lijn line: cf.F. merlin. See Moor, v., Line.] (Naut.) A small line composed of two
strands a little twisted, used for winding around ropes and cables, to prevent their being weakened by
(Mar"line) v. t. [F. merliner.] (Naut.) To wind marline around; as, to marline a rope.
(Marl"ite) n. [Cf. F. marlite. See Marl, n.] (Min.) A variety of marl.
(Mar*lit"ic) a. Partaking of the qualites of marlite.
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