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Definition of watermark (Meaning of watermark)
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Watermark Wa"ter*mark`, n.
	     1. A mark indicating the height to which water has risen, or
	        at which it has stood; the usual limit of high or low
	        water.
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	     2. A letter, device, or the like, wrought into paper during
	        the process of manufacture.
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	     Note: ``The watermark in paper is produced by bending the
	           wires of the mold, or by wires bent into the shape of
	           the required letter or device, and sewed to the surface
	           of the mold; -- it has the effect of making the paper
	           thinner in places. The old makers employed watermarks
	           of an eccentric kind. Those of Caxton and other early
	           printers were an oxhead and star, a collared dog's
	           head, a crown, a shield, a jug, etc. A fool's cap and
	           bells, employed as a watermark, gave the name to
	           foolscap paper; a postman's horn, such as was formerly
	           in use, gave the name to post paper.'' --Tomlinson.
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	     3. (Naut.) See {Water line}, 2. [R.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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