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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Earmark  \Ear"mark`\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Earmarked};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Earmarking}.] 
  To  mark,  as  sheep,  by  cropping  or  slitting  the  ear. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Earmark  \Ear"mark`\,  n. 
  1.  A  mark  on  the  ear  of  sheep,  oxen,  dogs,  etc.,  as  by 
  cropping  or  slitting. 
 
  2.  A  mark  for  identification;  a  distinguishing  mark. 
 
  Money  is  said  to  have  no  earmark.  --Wharton. 
 
  Flying,  he  [a  slave]  should  be  described  by  the 
  rounding  of  his  head,  and  his  earmark.  --Robynson 
  (More's 
  Utopia). 
 
  A  set  of  intellectual  ideas  .  .  .  have  earmarks  upon 
  them  no  tokens  of  a  particular  proprietor. 
  --Burrow. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  earmark 
  n  1:  identification  mark  on  the  ear  of  a  domestic  animal 
  2:  a  distinctive  characteristic  or  attribute  [syn:  {hallmark}, 
  {trademark},  {stylemark}] 
  v  :  give  or  assign  a  share  of  money  or  time  to  a  particular 
  person  or  cause  "I  will  earmark  this  money  for  your 
  research"  [syn:  {allow},  {appropriate},  {set  aside},  {reserve}] 




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