from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An identifying feature or characteristic: a novel with all the earmarks of success.
- n. An identifying mark on the ear of a domestic animal.
- transitive v. To reserve or set aside for a particular purpose. See Synonyms at allocate.
- transitive v. To mark in an identifying or distinctive way.
- transitive v. To mark the ear of (a domestic animal) for identification.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To mark (as of sheep) by slitting the ear.
- v. To specify or set aside for a particular purpose.
- n. A mark or deformation of the ear of an animal intended to indicate ownership.
- n. The designation of specific projects in appropriations of funding for general programs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mark on the ear of sheep, oxen, dogs, etc., as by cropping or slitting.
- n. A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.
- transitive v. To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.
- transitive v. To designate or reserve for a specific purpose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mark on the ear by which a sheep or other domestic animal is known.
- n. Figuratively, in law, any mark for identification, as a privy mark made on a coin.
- n. Any characteristic or distinguishing mark, natural or other, by which the ownership or relation of something is known.
- To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. identification mark on the ear of a domestic animal
- v. give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
- n. a distinctive characteristic or attribute
ear + mark (Wiktionary)