earmark definition

  • noun:
    • An identifying function or characteristic: a novel with the earmarks of success.
    • An identifying mark on the ear of a domestic pet.
    • A mark or deformation of this ear of an animal designed to show ownership.
    • The designation of specific tasks in appropriations of funding for basic programs.
    • A mark regarding ear of sheep, oxen, dogs, etc., as by cropping or slitting.
    • A mark for identification; a distinguishing level.
    • A mark on ear wherein a sheep or other domestic pet is well known.
    • Figuratively, in-law, any level for identification, as a privy level made on a coin.
    • Any characteristic or identifying mark, natural or any other, where the ownership or connection of one thing is famous.
    • recognition mark-on the ear of a domestic pet
    • a unique characteristic or attribute
  • verb-transitive:
    • To reserve or put aside for a specific purpose. See Synonyms at allocate.
    • To mark in an identifying or unique way.
    • To mark the ear of (a domestic pet) for recognition.
    • To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.
    • To designate or reserve for a particular function.
  • verb:
    • To mark (as of sheep) by slitting the ear.
    • To specify or reserve for a specific purpose.
    • give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
  • others:
    • To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.

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