mearc
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Feminine
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mearc
a mark, mearc a limit. [These may be taken under one head, see N. E. D. mark.] Add: a weak form mearce occurs Angl. viii. 326, 11, and a neuter mearc Gr. D. 197, 4. I. a boundary 1. of land Istis terminibus terra circumgyrata esse videtur. , . Ǽrest Ælfgýðe mearc .. . oþ Eádgife mearce, þonae þonan tó þæs biscopes mearce, Cht. E. 176, 16-21. Eást tó mearchlince; and swá eást be ðæs bisceopes mearce; ðonon be Byrhtswýðe mearce, C. D. vi. 33, 22-25. 2. of immaterial things Findan hwylce dæge seó mearke, ys se termen, gá on tún . . . geríst hyt seó tíd hæbbe mearke hwænne heó tó síge crístenum folce tó blisse, Angl. viii. 326, 11-14. II. a stone or other monument set up or standing as a memorial or as a guide Hé ásette for tácne and to mearce on þǽre stówe þrý stánas (cf. hé mearcode þá stówe, Hml. Th. ii. 160, 35) tres petras in loco eodem pro signo posuit, Gr. D. 112, 29. III. a standard, an ensign Nymað þá sigefæstan mearca uictricia tollite signa, Ælfc. Gr. Z. 71, 10. IV. an object placed to indicate a point to be reached Beó þǽr gemeten nygon fét of þám stacan tó þǽre mearce, Ll. Th. i. 226, 13. V. a sign, token, indication, symptom Him næs nán deáðes mearc on gesewen, Hml. S. 23, 436. VI. a sign affixed or impressed for distinction, 1. a device, stamp, &c., placed on an article as an indication of ownership, as a means of identification, &c. Man mid mearce gecýþe man riht drífe, Ll. Th. i. 352, 6. 2. a visible sign or badge assumed by or imposed on a person Antecríst forbýt ǽlcum men áðor tó bycganne oððe tó syllanne, bútan hé on his foranheáfde habbe his mearce, Wlfst. 200, 4. Hé Pætres mearce onféng accepta tonsura, Bd. 3, 18; Sch. 274, 4. 3. a character made with a pen by an illiterate person in place of a signature gewrit mid his ágenre hand hé áuríte, oððe gif hé ná can stafas óðer fram him gebeden wríte ; and se nícumena mearce dó (cf. hé sylfon þám gewrite róde tácn mearcige signum facial, R. Ben. 101, 6), R. Ben. I. 98, 1. 4. a written symbol Ic hæbbe gesett áne mearke beforan þám rǽdingun, anð þá ic wylle hér ámearkian, Angl. viii. 333, 14. VII. a visible trace or impression diversifying a surface, as a line, written character, or the like Hí ymb hine gemearcodon ánne hriug on þǽre eorðan and hé wæs belocen binnan þǽm mearce (mearcan, v.l.) þæs hringes ei in terra circulum designaverunt, et designatione circuli inclusus est, Gr. D. 197, 4. Mearcum caracteribus (literarum), An. Ox. 8, 259. Notera mearca notariorum caracteres, 2847. V- Dene-, irþ-, wiht-mearc.
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