Etymology
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marking (n.)

Old English mearcung (Anglian mercung) "action of making marks, branding; mark, pattern of marks, characteristic; constellation," verbal noun from mark (v.). Related: Markings.

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Definitions of marking

marking (n.)
a pattern of marks;
marking (n.)
evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score;
Synonyms: grading / scoring
marking (n.)
the act of making a visible mark on a surface;
marking (n.)
a distinguishing symbol;
Synonyms: marker / mark
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