Meaning of marker in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɑːkə/

Translate marker into Spanish


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

    ‘they erected a granite marker at the crash site’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of the coloured route markers are over-ruled by diversion signs.’
    • ‘There are, however, neither signs of life nor markers to indicate where we are.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The track is above the road and is indicated by dark blue markers.’
    • ‘The walkway also has brass markers indicating where the coastline was in 1788.’
    • ‘Stones resting on the markers that indicate where barracks once were act as symbols of remembrance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Climb up past the coastguard lookout, and take a right turn at the marker post.’
    • ‘The orange race route markers pointed straight into an empty box car.’
    • ‘In the pipeline are permanent route markers in mosaic and cement.’
    • ‘He took a small stone and tapped the marker stone that was positioned directly under the painting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Put a marker on the ground, and always stand on that spot.’
    • ‘I stared down at the grave marker that now seemed old compared to the ones around it.’
    • ‘He offers to sell fishermen special marker buoys to help them identify their nets and fishing spots.’
    • ‘Lobster-pot fishermen really should be banned from using black marker buoys at this time of year - it gets very distracting.’
    notice, signpost, signboard, warning sign, road sign, traffic sign
    1. 1.1in singular A distinctive feature or characteristic indicative of a particular quality or condition.
      ‘conventional wisdom says job and population growth is a marker of a healthy economy’
      • ‘Coital frequency itself may be a marker for some qualitative aspect of the interpersonal relationship.’
      • ‘In addition, the patient's perception of pain control has been established as a marker of quality.’
      • ‘There is no more distinctive marker of the conservative sensibility than accurate use of the subjunctive mood in speech.’
      • ‘Histo-localization of tannins could be a marker to distinguish embryogenic from non-embryogenic calli.’
      • ‘In my sub-arctic garden, though, the end of the tournament has always been the marker for my strawberry crop to swell up and need attention.’
      • ‘Measurement of patients' perceptions of patient centredness provides a marker of the quality of care.’
      • ‘One guideline marker of the quality of the emergency services is that they meet an eight minute response time.’
      • ‘In other words, difference is not always a marker of hierarchy and oppression.’
      • ‘Nutritional quality and health is now recognised as a strong marker of social or economic status.’
      • ‘The finding of one or more segmental or larger perfusion defects is a sensitive marker of embolic obstruction.’
      • ‘Language is a marker of nationality, but not the most important one.’
      • ‘But what is more, many of Morrison's jazz critics reference jazz as a marker of authentic blackness.’
      • ‘Such standards could be a marker of overall quality of care, of interest to both local and health authorities.’
      • ‘Separatists see bullfighting as a cultural and ethnic marker to distinguish Catalonia from the rest of Spain.’
      • ‘Clothing is also an important marker of cultural distinctiveness and class position.’
      • ‘I'm not one to make a big thing about the significance of a year's end, beyond it being a marker for convenience and easy reference.’
      • ‘Language is a significant cultural marker of national identity for a people whose culture has always been under siege because of colonialism.’
      • ‘Three subgroups of patients with markers which may indicate more severe asthma had an even greater risk of mortality.’
      • ‘Adjustment for other markers of social position had little additional effect (data not shown).’
      • ‘These chemicals can act as clear and specific chemical markers that indicate a heart attack is imminent.’
    2. 1.2A thing serving as a standard of comparison.
      ‘he has already laid down a marker by setting a fast time during practice’
      • ‘The courts have laid down a marker before the executive branch - they have staked out their procedural position.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Schuettler, it was, who put down the first marker, ripping a forehand past Agassi in the first set to take the lead.’
      • ‘With this turn around we have put down a marker and this is only the beginning.’
      • ‘‘He put down a marker last week and is expected to play some part in the match at Morpeth,’ said Gair.’
    3. 1.3A radio beacon used to guide the pilot of an aircraft.
      marker, anchored float, navigation mark, guide, beacon, signal
    4. 1.4Genetics An allele used to identify a chromosome or to locate other genes on a genetic map.
      ‘Thus, these measures require only knowledge of the chromosome number for the markers in both genomes.’
      • ‘The horizontal axis shows the chromosomes of interest with markers from the genetic map.’
      • ‘The chromosome maps are given below the images, with black tick marks indicating the position of markers.’
      • ‘The positions of RFLP markers are indicated by horizontal hatch marks along the chromosomes.’
      • ‘Starting from two loci, the algorithm adds a new marker by testing all possible positions, until all markers are mapped.’
      identifying mark, identification, marker, earmark
  • 2

    (also marker pen)
    A felt-tip pen with a broad tip.

    ‘a heavy line drawn by a marker’
    • ‘On last day of school you attempted to get me disqualified from my business exam by using a marker pen and writing on me’
    • ‘The dossier was sent to newspapers, in one case with the 45-minute claim highlighted 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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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 was drawing directly onto the window of my studio, outlining the view with a marker pen.’
    • ‘I finally realised that the colour was probably caused by the marker pen that I had used to write my name on the vest.’
    • ‘In those days, before computers, ideas were still bashed out using a typewriter and a marker pen.’
    • ‘It looked like there might once have been something written on the wrapper with a marker pen.’
    • ‘The court was told how he had gone out armed with a black marker pen to do some graffiti writing.’
    • ‘I fully expect someone to take a marker pen and draw on a pair of glasses and a goatee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She took a marker pen and wrote in big black letters on my records.’
    • ‘I always carry a black marker with me, just in case: this is my weapon.’
    • ‘She saw him put a bandana over his head and draw a small mustache with the marker she always carried.’
    • ‘Mark the smelly side of the chopping board with a permanent marker, so you always chop the onions, garlic, chives etc on that side.’
    • ‘In the center of the back was a hand written Japanese character in permanent black marker.’
  • 3British (in team games) a player who stays close to an opponent to prevent them from getting or passing the ball.

    ‘Quinn took the ball wide of his marker’
    • ‘On one occasion he picked up the ball, spun his marker, played a quick one-two, dashed clear… and put the ball wide.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vryzas muscles his marker off the ball after Russia fail to clear from a corner, and knocks the ball in from six yards.’
    • ‘Ramos jumps above his marker, but the ball flicks off his head and over the bar.’
    • ‘After the break Radzinski turned provider when he flicked the ball over his marker to put Jensen through.’
    • ‘Josemi tries to put Baros through with a long-throw, but the Czech striker fouls his marker and concedes a free-kick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ferdinand found Veron, who tricked, turned and slipped a pass inside his marker for Giggs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Reyes hit a swirling, inswinging free-kick, Juanito evaded his marker and headed into the top corner from 10 yards.’
    • ‘Darren Rooney is at the top of his game while Paul McDonald is one of the tightest markers in Gaelic football.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The teenager ran straight for goal side stepping his marker and dispatched the ball to the bottom right corner of the net.’
    • ‘The Rams doubled their advantage on 17 minutes when Danny Heys beat his marker to the ball to fire home from close range.’
    • ‘Henry cuts in from the left, lets his marker sprawl on the turf and slams the ball past Stiel.’
    • ‘The Liverpool tall guy was often penalised in his duels with his markers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 4British A person who assesses the standard of a test or examination.

    ‘the aim of the marker is to help the student do better next time’
    • ‘There are too few teachers and examination markers.’
    • ‘For example, in the external assessment the markers are experienced teachers, trained by a chief examiner.’
    • ‘If the assessment is subjective, the level of agreement between markers must be tested in order to validate the process of marking.’
    • ‘Education Secretary Charles Clarke promised an extra £6m to recruit more A-level markers last December.’
    • ‘Statements were being taken from several examination markers.’
    • ‘Examination markers would be asked to be extra vigilant and to follow up suspicious trends in exam scripts.’
    • ‘When examiners turn into mere markers, they often produce a grid called a mark analysis sheet.’
    • ‘Not only do such mistakes cost you marks, they give the marker a negative view of the rest of your answer or entire paper.’
    • ‘Several independent high schools have already complained that pupils' scores were reduced by markers in a bid to avoid claims that exams are becoming easier.’
    tester, questioner, interviewer, assessor, marker, inspector
    1. 4.1A person who records the score in snooker, billiards, or squash.
      ‘He strode in, startling the billiard marker, Thomas Budd, who was about to close the side door.’
      • ‘The marker was Burley-in-Wharfedale's English Billiards champion Steve Crosland.’
      token, counter, man, disc, chip, marker
  • 5North American informal A promissory note; an IOU.

    • ‘we'll give you a marker, you give us the car’
    label, ticket, badge, mark, marker, tab, tally, sticker, docket, stub, chit, chitty, counterfoil, flag, stamp