Definitions for watermarkˈwɔ tərˌmɑrk, ˈwɒt ər-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. water line, watermark(noun)

    a line marking the level reached by a body of water

  2. watermark(noun)

    a distinguishing mark impressed on paper during manufacture; visible when paper is held up to the light


  1. watermark(Noun)

    A translucent design impressed on the surface of paper and visible when the paper is held to the light.

  2. watermark(Noun)

    Auxiliary data embedded in a datafile for subsequent identification and verification of the file.

  3. watermark(Verb)

    To mark paper with a watermark.

  4. watermark(Verb)

    To mark a datafile with a watermark.

  5. Origin: water + mark

Webster Dictionary

  1. Watermark(noun)

    a mark indicating the height to which water has risen, or at which it has stood; the usual limit of high or low water

  2. Watermark(noun)

    a letter, device, or the like, wrought into paper during the process of manufacture

  3. Watermark(noun)

    see Water line, 2


  1. Watermark

    A watermark is a recognizable image or pattern in paper that appears as various shades of lightness/darkness when viewed by transmitted light, caused by thickness or density variations in the paper. There are two main ways of producing watermarks in paper; the dandy roll process, and the more complex cylinder mould process. Watermarks vary greatly in their visibility; while some are obvious on casual inspection, others require some study to pick out. Various aids have been developed, such as watermark fluid that wets the paper without damaging it. Watermarks are often used as security features of banknotes, passports, postage stamps, and other documents to prevent counterfeiting. A watermark is very useful in the examination of paper because it can be used for dating, identifying sizes, mill trademarks and locations, and the quality of a paper. Encoding an identifying code into digitized music, video, picture, or other file is known as a digital watermark.

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