- A character, usually in the form of a cross, made as a substitute for his signature by a person who cannot write, in executing a conveyance, will or other legal document.It is commonly made as follows: A third person writes the name of the marksman, leaving a blank space between the Christian name and surname; in this space the latter traces the mark, or crossed lines, and above the mark is written "his" (or "her"), and below it, "mark."See cross.The sign, writing, or ticket put upon manufactured goods to distinguish them from others, appearing thus in the compound, "trade-mark." A token, evidence, or proof; as in the phrase "a mark of fraud."In trademark law, the term "mark" includes any trademark, service mark, collective mark, or certification mark. 15 U.S.C.A. No. 1127.See also trademarkA weight used in several parts of Europe, and for several commodities, especially gold and silvermonetary unit, e.g., German Deutsche mark.The word is sometimes used as another form of "marque, " a license of reprisals.In early Teutonic and English law, a species of village community, being the lowest unit in the political system; one of the forms of the gens or clan, variously known as the "mark," "gemeinde," "commune," or "parish."Also the land held in common by such a community. The union of several such village communities and their marks, or common lands, forms the next higher political union, the hundred.See also bench mark@ demi-markHalf a mark; a sum of money which was anciently required to be tendered in a writ of right, the effect of such tender being to put the demandant, in the first instance, upon proof of the seisin as stated in his count; that is, to prove that the seisin was in the king's reign there stated.@ high and low water-markSee water-mark; high-water mark; low-water mark@
Black's law dictionary. HENRY CAMPBELL BLACK, M. A.. 1990.