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Definitions

  • Setting a Marking-Gage
    Setting a Marking-Gage
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mark insert punctuation marks into
    • v mark make or leave a mark on "the scouts marked the trail","ash marked the believers' foreheads"
    • v mark mark by some ceremony or observation "The citizens mark the anniversary of the revolution with a march and a parade"
    • v mark be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense "His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"
    • v mark assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation "grade tests","score the SAT essays","mark homework"
    • v mark put a check mark on or near or next to "Please check each name on the list","tick off the items","mark off the units"
    • v mark remove from a list "Cross the name of the dead person off the list"
    • v mark designate as if by a mark "This sign marks the border"
    • v mark make underscoring marks
    • v mark establish as the highest level or best performance "set a record"
    • v mark make small marks into the surface of "score the clay before firing it"
    • v mark mark with a scar "The skin disease scarred his face permanently"
    • v mark attach a tag or label to "label these bottles"
    • v mark notice or perceive "She noted that someone was following her","mark my words"
    • v mark to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful "He denounced the government action","She was stigmatized by society because she had a child out of wedlock"
    • n mark something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal "the new advertising campaign was a bell ringer","scored a bull's eye","hit the mark","the president's speech was a home run"
    • n mark the impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember "it was in London that he made his mark","he left an indelible mark on the American theater"
    • n mark a marking that consists of lines that cross each other
    • n mark an indication of damage
    • n mark a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance) "she made good marks in algebra","grade A milk","what was your score on your homework?"
    • n Mark the shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament
    • n mark a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened) "he showed signs of strain","they welcomed the signs of spring"
    • n mark a symbol of disgrace or infamy "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis"
    • n mark a visible indication made on a surface "some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks","paw prints were everywhere"
    • n mark a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation) "his answer was just a punctuation mark"
    • n mark a reference point to shoot at "his arrow hit the mark"
    • n mark a distinguishing symbol "the owner's mark was on all the sheep"
    • n mark a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
    • n Mark Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel
    • n mark formerly the basic unit of money in Germany
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Using the Marking-Gage Using the Marking-Gage
Marking by Superposition Marking by Superposition
Stone-masons' marks, Cologne Cathedral Stone-masons' marks, Cologne Cathedral
Careful excavation was required to identify the fill of long-obliterated ditches once draining fields and marking property boundaries Careful excavation was required to identify the fill of long-obliterated ditches once draining fields and marking...
Note the makers’ marks or seals on the wineglass fragments. Only a few English wineglasses bearing 17th-century makers’ seals have been found in America Note the makers’ marks or seals on the wineglass fragments. Only a few English wineglasses bearing 17th-century...
Marks-man-ship Marks-man-ship
How did these two marks get on my arm How did these two marks get on my arm
The larva of the pen-marked sphinx-moth The larva of the pen-marked sphinx-moth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word, tattoo originated from the Tahitain word "tattau" which means "to mark."
    • Mark A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a signature by one who can not write.
    • Mark A character or device put on an article of merchandise by the maker to show by whom it was made; a trade-mark.
    • Mark (Logic) A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential.
    • Mark A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a seamark, a landmark .
    • n Mark märk A license of reprisals. See Marque.
    • Mark A number or other character used in registering; as, examination marks; a mark for tardiness.
    • Mark A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar, stain, etc.; as, this pencil makes a fine mark . "I have some marks of yours upon my pate."
    • Mark A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like, drawn or impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some information or intimation; a token; a trace. "The Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him."
    • Mark An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a permanent impression of one's activity or character. "The confusion of tongues was a mark of separation."
    • Mark An old weight and coin. See Marc. "Lend me a mark ."
    • Mark Attention, regard, or respect. "As much in mock as mark ."
    • Mark Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station. "In the official marks invested, you
      Anon do meet the Senate."
    • Mark Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one's image; children; descendants. "All the mark of Adam."
    • Mark Limit or standard of action or fact; as, to be within the mark; to come up to the mark.
    • Mark (Naut) One of the bits of leather or colored bunting which are placed upon a sounding line at intervals of from two to five fathoms. The unmarked fathoms are called “deeps.”
    • Mark Preëminence; high position; as, patricians of mark; a fellow of no mark.
    • Mark That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at; what one seeks to hit or reach. "France was a fairer mark to shoot at than Ireland.""Whate'er the motive, pleasure is the mark ."
    • Mark The unit of monetary account of the German Empire, equal to 23.8 cents of United States money (1913); the equivalent of one hundred pfennigs. Also, a silver coin of this value. The unit was retained by subsequent German states up to the time of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1995, the value was approximately 65 cents American. In 1999 it began to be superseded by the Euro as a unit of currency in Germany and throughout much of the European union.
    • Mark To be a mark upon; to designate; to indicate; -- used literally and figuratively; as, this monument marks the spot where Wolfe died; his courage and energy marked him for a leader.
    • Mark To keep account of; to enumerate and register; as, to mark the points in a game of billiards or cards.
    • Mark To leave a trace, scratch, scar, or other mark, upon, or any evidence of action; as, a pencil marks paper; his hobnails marked the floor.
    • Mark To notice or observe; to give attention to; to take note of; to remark; to heed; to regard; as, mark my words. "Mark the perfect man."
    • Mark To put a mark upon; to affix a significant mark to; to make recognizable by a mark; as, to mark a box or bale of merchandise; to mark clothing.
    • v. i Mark To take particular notice; to observe critically; to note; to remark. "Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh mischief."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mark Twain was the first to have written a novel [Tom Sawyer] on a typewriter.
    • n mark A visible impression made by some material object upon another; a line, dot, dent, cut, stamp, bruise, scar, spot, stain, etc., consisting either of the visible effect produced by the impressing object or the transfer of a part of its substance. A mark in this general sense is understood to be an incidental or a casual effect, without significance except with reference to means or results.
    • n mark Specifically—2. An impressed or attached sign, stamp, label, or ticket; a significant or distinguishing symbol or device; that which is impressed or stamped upon or fixed to something for information, identification, or verification: as, a manufacturer's marks on his wares (see trade-mark); the mark made by an illiterate person opposite or between the parts of his name when written by another on his behalf; a merchant's private marks on his goods, to indicate their price or other particulars to his assistants; a mark branded on an animal by its owner; to give a student so many marks for proficiency. See hall-mark. In ceramics the mark is a cipher, word, or other device put upon a piece of ware, usually on the bottom or the under side, as an indication of the pottery from which it comes, a signature of the painter who decorated it, or the like. Such marks are often impressed in the clay before the glaze is applied, and often painted under the glaze, or otherwise permanently affixed. Very rarely they form a part of the decoration, as the Chinese characters painted in gold or in red on the Japanese ware known as Kaga or Kutani. On a nautical lead-line a mark is one of the measured indications of depth, consisting of a white, blue, or red rag, a bit of leather, or a knot of small line.
    • n mark A distinguishing physical peculiarity; a spot, mote, nævus, special formation, or other singularity; a natural sign: as, a birth-mark; the marks on sea-shells or wild animals. In farriery the mark is a deep median depression on the cutting surface of the incisor tooth of a horse, due to the inflection of a vertical fold of the tooth. It is seen of different characters according to the wear of the tooth, being thus to some extent an index of a horse's age. It disappears after the tooth is worn down beyond the extent of the fold. The dark color is due simply to the accumulation in the fold of food or dirt. See the quotation under mark-tooth.
    • n mark A significant note, character, sign, token, or indication; a determinative attestation. In logic, to say that a thing has a certain mark is to say that something in particular is true of it. Thus, according to a certain school of metaphysicians, “incognizability is a mark of the Infinite.”
    • n mark A guiding or indicative sign or token. That which serves as an indication of place or direction; an object that marks or points out: as, a book-mark; boundary-marks; to guide a vessel by land-marks on the shore.
    • n mark A badge, banner, or other distinguishing device.
    • n mark An object aimed at; a point of assault or attack; especially, something set up or marked out to be shot at: often used figuratively: as, to hit or miss the mark; a mark for detraction.
    • n mark An object of endeavor; a point or purpose striven for; that which one aims to reach or attain.
    • n mark An attainable point or limit; capacity for reaching; reach; range.
    • n mark An object of note or observation; hence, a pattern or example.
    • n mark Right to notice or observation; claim or title to distinction; importance; eminence: as, a man of mark.
    • n mark A marking or noting; note; attention; observance.
    • n mark A license of reprisals. See marque.
    • n mark A boundary; a bound or limit noted or established; hence, a set standard, or a limit to be reached: as, to speak within the mark; to be up to the mark.
    • n mark In the middle ages, in England and Germany, a tract of land belonging in common to a community of freemen, who divided the cultivated portion or arable mark among their individual members, used the common or ordinary mark together for pasturage or other general purposes, and dwelt in the village mark or central portion, or apart on their holdings. It was a customary tenure, like that of the existing Russian mir, and was similarly managed and governed.
    • n mark Image; likeness.
    • n mark Hence The mass of beings having a common likeness; posterity.
    • n mark To make one's influence felt; gain a position of influence and distinction.
    • n mark Badge.
    • n mark Characteristic, proof.
    • mark To make a mark or marks on; apply or attach a mark to; affect with a mark or marks by drawing, impressing, stamping, cutting, imposing, or the like.
    • mark To apply or fix by drawing, impressing, stamping, or the like; form by making a mark or marks: as, to mark a line or square on a board; to mark a name or direction on a package.
    • mark To serve as a mark or characteristic of; distinguish or point out, literally or figuratively; stamp or characterize.
    • mark To notice; observe particularly; take note of; regard; heed.
    • mark To single out; designate; point out.
    • mark To wound; strike.
    • mark To mark at a lower rate; reduce the price-marks on: as, to mark down prices; to mark down a line or stock of goods.
    • mark To notify, as by a mark; point out; designate: as, the ringleaders were marked out for punishment.
    • mark To indicate the rhythm for music; beat time.
    • mark To show, evince, indicate, betoken, denote.
    • mark To note, remark.
    • mark To act as marker or score-keeper; keep a score; set down or record results at successive stages.
    • mark To note; take notice.
    • n mark A unit of weight used in England before the Conquest, and in nearly all the countries of Europe down to the introduction of the metric system, especially for gold and silver. It was generally equal to 8 ounces. In 1524 the Cologne mark was made the standard for gold and silver throughout the German-Roman empire, and copies were distributed to all the principal cities. But, owing to the carelessness with which these were made, preserved, and copied, the Cologne mark came to have different values in different places. The following table shows the values of some of the principal marks in English troy grains, either directly as given, or reduced from French grains, doli, or milligrams. The larger discrepancies are in most cases due to known changes of standards.
    • n mark An Anglo-Saxon and early English money of account. In the tenth century it was estimated at 100 silver pennies, but from the end of the twelfth century (or earlier) onward at 160 pennies or 13s. 4d. (in money of the time). The mark was never an Anglo-Saxon or English coin, as is often erroneously stated.
    • n mark A modern silver coin of the German empire, containing precisely 5 grams of fine silver, or 0.20784 of that in a United States silver dollar. German silver coins of the value of 2 marks, and gold coins of the value of 5, 10, and 20 marks, are also current. The gold coins contain 0.3584229 gram of fine gold per mark, the value of which is consequently $0.23821.
    • n mark A silver coin of Scotland issued in 1663 by Charles II., worth at the time 13s. 4d. Scotch (or 13 pence and one third of a penny English). The thistle-merk (so called from its reverse type being a thistle) was a Scotch silver coin of the same value issued by James VI. In this sense commonly spelled merk.
    • mark To march; proceed.
    • mark Dark.
    • n mark Dark; darkness.
    • n mark In ordnance (followed by a Roman numeral), an expression used to distinguish different designs of the same size and type of gun or mount: as, 6-inch B. L. R., mark II (a 6-inch caliber breech-loading rifle-gun of a design indicated as marked two).
    • n mark In Australia, a person, conspicuous in the community for his integrity and high business standing, who would rather allow himself to be imposed upon than seem to impose upon another; an ‘easy mark’ for the unscrupulous.
    • n mark A current silver coin of Finland, equal to 100 pennia (see penni), and equivalent to 19 cents.
    • n mark A silver coin of Schleswig-Holstein, equal to 16 skillings, and equivalent to 24 cents.
    • n mark Same as marc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tigers' paw prints are called pug marks.
    • n Mark märk a visible sign: any object serving as a guide: that by which anything is known: a badge: a trace, impression, proof: any visible effect: symptom: a thing aimed at or striven for: an attainable point: a character made by one who cannot write: any impressed sign or stamp: a physical peculiarity: distinction: a boundary, limit: in medieval times, a tract of common land belonging to a community
    • v.t Mark to make a mark on anything: to impress with a sign: to take notice of: to regard
    • v.i Mark to take particular notice
    • n Mark märk an obsolete English coin=13s. 4d.: a coin of the present German Empire=about one shilling: a silver coin of Hamburg=about 1s. 4d.
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.”
  • Grantland Rice
    Grantland Rice
    “For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes -- not that you won or lost -- but how you played the Game.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “All things are possible to him who believes. [Mark 9:23]”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. [Mark 9:23]”
  • Doris Lessing
    Doris%20Lessing
    “It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.”
  • Ernest Renan
    Ernest%20Renan
    “He whom God has touched will always be a being apart: he is, whatever he may do, a stranger among men; he is marked by a sign.”

Idioms

Hit the mark - If someone hits the mark, they are right about something.
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Mark my words - Mark my words is an expression used to lend an air of seriousness to what the speaker is about to say when talking about the future. You often hear drunks say it before they deliver some particularly spurious nonsense.
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Mark someone's card - If you mark someone's card, you correct them in a forceful and prompt manner when they say something wrong.
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Marked man - A marked man is a person who is being targeted by people who want to do them harm or cause them trouble.
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Off the mark - If something is off the mark, it is inaccurate or incorrect.
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Quick off the mark - If someone is quick off the mark, they are very quick to use, start or do something new.
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Slow off the mark - If people are slow off the mark, they are slow to respond or act in a situation.
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Wide of the mark - If something is wide of the mark, it is inaccurate or incorrect.
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X marks the spot - This is used to say where something is located or hidden.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. marke, merke, AS. mearc,; akin to D. merk, MHG. marc, G. marke, Icel. mark, Dan. mærke,; cf. Lith. margas, party-colored. √106, 273. Cf. Remark
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. marc, another form of the above word.

Usage

In literature:

He remembers that he had known himself as one marked for a sacred mission.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
None of the markings on the solar disc constitute permanent features on the sun.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
For Mark had always longed for renown of some sort, and for the last few years literary distinction had seemed the most open to him.
"The Giant's Robe" by F. Anstey
Opera bags marked off those who had really attended the matinees; but only one in five wore this badge of sincerity.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
This change marks the transformation of sociology from a philosophy of history to a science of society.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
One pfennig is one-hundredth of a mark, and the mark once was equal to 23.8 cents.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
This was Dr. Humphrey Marks, the reluctant bachelor.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
The mark of his claws is the mark of his favor.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
They are of various sizes and shapes, with a variety of surface markings.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
You can quickly mark on the outline the proper numbers, and note with your pencil any marks on the bird.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Marking Chapter Page Rental Batteries.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
A few pounds (3 to 5) of common salt will produce well-marked signs of poisoning in cattle.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mark's Gospel we believe to have been written by Mark himself.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The men are tall and muscular, with strongly marked features.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Count down from A to B and mark B and C. Place similar marks at the three other corners of the mat.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
These works, however, marked a transition.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
For the sake of distinguishing them it is better to mark the papers or have them of different colors.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
These markings closely resemble the ventral marking of pilot whales.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
Mark my words, Mr. Keith, the good Lord helped her to do it!
"Rodman the Keeper" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
We marked our seats, then walked up and down the lighted platform.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
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In poetry:

Is not the world of nature thine,
The darkness and the day?
Didst thou not bid the morning shine,
And mark the sun his way?
"Psalm LXXIV: Will God For Ever Cast Us Off?" by Isaac Watts
An anxious gazer from the shore—
I marked the whitening wave,
And wept above thy fate the more
Because—I could not save.
"The Wanderer From The Fold" by Emily Jane Bronte
Didst ever mark how, sometimes, I became --
Gentle though I be --
Gentler than ever when I called thy name,
Gentlest to thee?
"M * * *" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Sweet summer time, sweet summer days,
One day I must recall;
One day the brightest of them all,
Must mark with special praise.
"Recollections" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Would any think who marked the smile
On yon untroubled face,
That threescore years and ten had fled
Without a wrinkling trace?
"Madam Pond," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
The wise, the brave, the strong, we know,--
We mark them here or there,
But he,--we roll our eyes, and lo!
We find him everywhere!
"To James Freeman Clarke" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The La Jolla Open Aire Market held a Harvest Festival on Oct 28, 2012 to mark 14 years in business.
La Jolla Open Aire Market marks 14th year with Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct 28.
In this undated portrait released by The Mark Twain House & Museum, author Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, is shown.
Microtrends by Mark J Penn with E. Mark Penn's author bio bluntly states he is "widely regarded as the most perceptive pollster in American politics".
Mark Webb, left, was recently informed that he had achieved the mark of Fifth-Degree Black Belt .
A benefit of using letter marking broaches in modern CNC machines with a tool holder carousel is the opportunity to mark mixed batches of parts.
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez looks over his team during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. Mark Sanchez, Randy Starks.
MARK ANDY, Reinach-Basel, Switzerland — The company recent promoted Dieter Huck to chairman of Mark Andy Europe and appointed Remy Höhener European managing director at the Basel, Switzerland office.
There may be three of them (all in the music business, no less), but neither the Mark Farina of Australia or the Mark Farina of Italy holds a candle to the United States' very own.
"Feeling Sequimish" Mark Couhig Contact Mark at [email protected] Mark Couhig has been a writer for more than 50 years.
I, Mark, Take You, Mark.
However, there are still applications using sequential molding where a "ghost mark" or marks occurs on the part between a set or pair of nozzles and/or near the gate itself.
Realizing he wasn't that good of a golfer after all really helped Mark Evans of WKQS-FM's Mark and Walt in The Morning actually improve his game.
Crosstalk Home Show Information Air Date: June 21, 2011 Host: Jim Schneider Guest: Mark Crutcher Listen: MP3 Real Audio Windows Media Order CD Mark Crutcher is the President of Life Dynamics.
The intention of this resolution is for all new rollings of reinforcing steel products to be marked with inch-pound bar markings no later than January 1st, 2014.
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In science:

We mark an attribute as new if it has been introduced by the user in the previous turn, and mark it as old otherwise.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
For this purpose let’s take some arbitrary hypersurface σ with marked point p = p0 and smooth normal covector field n = n(p) in some neighborhood of marked point.
On the concept of normal shift in non-metric geometry
Proof: Given a marked permutation, collapse its marked minimal blocks of length at least 4 and its marked clusters into singletons.
The enumeration of simple permutations
We apply the bijection of Theorem 6 to marked permutations which contain no marked minimal blocks of length more than m.
The enumeration of simple permutations
If there are no unmatched marked vertices, the preliminary simplification gives a graph with only trivalent labeled vertices which have marks on their half-edges.
A triple lacunary generating function for Hermite polynomials
We shall show that Xǫ is a marked point process, the marks given by independent heights of the jumps.
Measure convolution semigroups and non-infinitely divisible probability distributions
Let us put two distinct marked points to each edge of the triangulation and one marked point to the center of every triangle.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
To define the function εij consider the graph with vertices in marked points and oriented edges connecting them as shown on Figure 3. (We have shown edges connecting marked points belonging to one triangle only.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
A marked point process on Rd with marks in K is then a measurable map Φ from a probability space into N .
Mott law as lower bound for a random walk in a random environment
Let P ∗ = G∗P be the distribution of the marked point process on Rd × N0 with mark space N0, namely P ∗ is the image under G of the probability measure P on N .
Mott law as lower bound for a random walk in a random environment
Dai Li and Wu mark the nodes in the CDS, and with each new rule application, the set of marked nodes shrinks.
The Expected Size of the Rule k Dominating Set
Let M = |M| be the number of vertices marked by the marking process.
The Expected Size of the Rule k Dominating Set
Rule k is applied to M = the nodes marked by the marking process.
The Expected Size of the Rule k Dominating Set
Any n-connected planar domain with two marked boundary points on one boundary component is conformally equivalent to the upper half-plane with n − 1 horizontal slits and such that the marked boundary points are mapped to 0 and ∞.
On Chordal and Bilateral SLE in multiply connected domains
For any finite point set X ⊂ A, assume the points x ∈ X have i.i.d. marks over [0, 1]. A mark at x ∈ X represents the arrival time of a seed at x.
Gaussian limits for random measures in geometric probability
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