Mark vs Mike - What's the difference?

mark | mike |

As a noun mark

is sign.

As a symbol mike is

the letter m in the icao spelling alphabet.



(wikipedia mark)

Alternative forms

* marke (obsolete) * merk (obsolete)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) mark, merk, merke, from (etyl) . Compare march.


(en noun)
  • (label) Boundary, land within a boundary.
  • #(obsolete) A boundary; a border or frontier.
  • #(obsolete) A boundary-post or fence.
  • #A stone or post used to indicate position and guide travellers.
  • #*1859 , Henry Bull, A history, military and municipal, of the ancient borough of the Devizes :
  • #*:I do remember a great thron in Yatton field near Bristow-way, against which Sir William Waller's men made a great fire and killed it. I think the stump remains, and was a mark for travellers.
  • #(archaic) A type of small region or principality.
  • #*1954 , J R R Tolkien, The Two Towers :
  • #*:There dwells Théoden son of Thengel, King of the Mark of Rohan.
  • #(historical) A common, or area of common land, especially among early Germanic peoples.
  • (label) Characteristic, sign, visible impression.
  • #An omen; a symptomatic indicator of something.
  • #*1813 , Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice :
  • #*:depend upon it, you will speedily receive from me a letter of thanks for this as well as for every other mark of your regard during my stay in Hertfordshire.
  • #A characteristic feature.
  • #:A good sense of manners is the mark of a true gentleman.
  • #*1643 , Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici :
  • #*:there is surely a physiognomy, which those experienced and master mendicants observe, whereby they instantly discover a merciful aspect, and will single out a face, wherein they spy the signatures and marks of mercy.
  • #A visible impression or sign; a blemish, scratch, or stain, whether accidental or intentional.
  • #*1897 , Bram Stoker, Dracula :
  • #*:Then she put before her face her poor crushed hands, which bore on their whiteness the red mark of the Count's terrible grip.
  • #A sign or brand on a person.
  • #*, III.iv.2.6:
  • #*:Doubt not of thine election, it is an immutable decree; a mark never to be defaced: you have been otherwise, you may and shall be.
  • #A written character or sign.
  • #:The font wasn't able to render all the diacritical marks properly.
  • #A stamp or other indication of provenance, quality etc.
  • #:With eggs, you need to check for the quality mark before you buy.
  • #*Knight
  • #*:The mark of the artisan is found upon the most ancient fabrics that have come to light.
  • #(obsolete) Resemblance, likeness, image.
  • #*c.1380 , Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales :
  • #*:Which mankynde is so fair part of thy werk / That thou it madest lyk to thyn owene merk .
  • #A particular design or make of an item (now usually with following numeral).
  • #:Presentingmy patented travelator, mark two.
  • #A score for finding the correct answer, or other academic achievement; the sum of such point gained as out of a possible total.
  • #:What mark did you get in your history test?
  • (label) Indicator of position, objective etc.
  • #A target for shooting at with a projectile.
  • #*, II.1:
  • #*:A skilfull archer ought first to know the marke he aimeth at, and then apply his hand, his bow, his string, his arrow and his motion accordingly.
  • #*1786 , Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons , p.37:
  • #*:To give them an accurate eye and strength of arm, none under twenty-four years of age might shoot at any standing mark', except it was for a rover, and then he was to change his '''mark''' at every shot; and no person above that age might shoot at any ' mark whose distance was less than eleven score yards.
  • #An indication or sign used for reference or measurement.
  • #:I filled the bottle up to the 500ml mark .
  • #The target or intended victim of a swindle, fixed game or con game.
  • #(obsolete) The female genitals.
  • #*1596 , William Shakespeare, Love's Labours Lost , I.4:
  • #*:A mark' saies my Lady. Let the ' mark haue a prick in't, to meate at, if it may be.
  • #*1749 , John Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure , Penguin, 1985, p.68:
  • #*:her thighs were still spread, and the mark lay fair for him, who, now kneeling between them, displayed to us a side-view of that fierce erect machine of his.
  • #(Australian rules football) A catch of the ball directly from a kick of 10 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick.
  • #(sports) The line indicating an athlete's starting-point.
  • #A score for a sporting achievement.
  • #
  • #*1871 , Chicago Board of Education, Annual Report (vol.17, p.102)
  • #*:A mark for tardiness or for absence is considered by most pupils a disgrace, and strenuous efforts are made to avoid such a mark.
  • #(cooking) A specified level on a scale denoting gas-powered oven temperatures.
  • #:Now put the pastry in at 450 degrees, or mark 8.
  • #Limit or standard of action or fact.
  • #:to be within the mark''';  to come up to the '''mark
  • #Badge or sign of honour, rank, or official station.
  • #*Shakespeare
  • #*:In the official marks invested, you / Anon do meet the Senate.
  • #(archaic) Preeminence; high position.
  • #:patricians of mark''';  a fellow of no '''mark
  • #(logic) A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential.
  • #(nautical) One of the bits of leather or coloured bunting placed upon a sounding line at intervals of from two to five fathoms. (The unmarked fathoms are called "deeps".)
  • (label) Attention.
  • #(archaic) Attention, notice.
  • #:His last comment is particularly worthy of mark .
  • #Importance, noteworthiness.
  • #*1909 , Richard Burton, Masters of the English Novel :
  • #*:in the short story of western flavor he was a pioneer of mark , the founder of a genre: probably no other writer is so significant in his field.
  • #(obsolete) Regard; respect.
  • #*Shakespeare
  • #*:as much in mock as mark
  • Synonyms
    (a particular design or make) * Mk (abbreviation) * (abbreviation)
    Derived terms
    * beauty mark * bench-mark/benchmark * birthmark * black mark * bookmark * certification mark * chatter mark * check mark * chop mark * cue mark * diacritical mark * exclamation mark * full marks * funnel mark * gas mark * hash mark * high-water mark * laundry mark * leave one's mark * make one's mark * markstone * miss the mark * off the mark * on your marks * Plimsoll mark * punctuation mark * question mark * quotation mark * reference mark * remark * ripple mark * scuff mark * sea mark * service mark * strawberry mark * stress mark * stretch mark * tempo mark * touchmark / touch-mark * trade mark / trade-mark / trademark * vaccination mark * wide of the mark


    (en verb)
  • To put a mark upon; to make recognizable by a mark.
  • to mark a box or bale of merchandise
    to mark clothing with one's name
  • To indicate in some way for later reference.
  • This monument marks the spot where Wolfe died.
    His courage and energy marked him as a leader.
  • To take note of.
  • * Bible, Psalms xxxvii. 37
  • Mark the perfect man.
  • To blemish, scratch, or stain.
  • See where this pencil has marked the paper.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Joseph Stiglitz)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=19, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Globalisation is about taxes too , passage=It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. It is a tax system that is pivotal in creating the increasing inequality that marks most advanced countries today […].}}
  • To indicate the correctness of and give a score to an essay, exam answers, etc.
  • To keep account of; to enumerate and register.
  • to mark the points in a game of billiards or a card game
  • (Australian Rules football) To catch the ball directly from a kick of 15 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick.
  • (sports) To follow a player not in possession of the ball when defending, to prevent them receiving a pass easily.
  • (golf) To put a marker in the place of one's ball.
  • Synonyms
    * (indicate correctness and give score) (l), (l)
    Derived terms
    (Terms derived from the verb "mark") * man-mark * mark-down * mark down * marked * marker * marking * mark my words * mark off * mark out * mark time * mark up * mark-up * press-mark * unmarked * X marks the spot

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) mark, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A measure of weight (especially for gold and silver), once used throughout Europe, equivalent to 8 oz.
  • * 1997 , Bernard Scudder, translating ‘Egil's Saga’, in The Sagas of Icelanders , Penguin 2001, p. 91:
  • As a reward for his poetry, Athelstan gave Egil two more gold rings weighing a mark each, along with an expensive cloak that the king himself had worn.
  • An English and Scottish unit of currency (originally valued at one mark weight of silver), equivalent to 13 shillings and fourpence.
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 167:
  • He had been made a royal counsellor, drawing a substantial annual salary of a hundred marks .
  • Any of various European monetary units, especially the base unit of currency of Germany between 1948 and 2002, equal to 100 pfennigs.
  • A mark coin.
  • Synonyms
    * (German currency) (l), (l), (l)

    See also

    * convertible mark * Deutsche Mark, Deutschmark * markka * Reichsmark

    Etymology 3


  • (imperative, marching) (said to be easier to pronounce while giving a command ).
  • Mark time, mark !
    Forward, mark !






    (en noun)
  • (informal) A microphone.
  • * 1970, Theodore Sturgeon and Edward H. Waldo, "The Pod in the Barrier", in A Touch of Strange , Ayer Publishing, ISBN 0836935225, page 28,
  • "Then I say to the recording, for the record," I barked, right into the mike , "[…]"
  • * 1981, John Swaigen, How to Fight for What’s Right: The Guide to Public Interest Law , James Lorimer & Company, ISBN 0888624220, pages 118–119,
  • Obviously, one must watch what one says in the vicinity of a microphone. More than one person has made a “private” statement in the presence of an open mike .
  • * 2007, John Sellers, Perfect from Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life , Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0743277082, page 85,
  • When the haggard bartender informed us that there would be an open-mike event later in the evening, I got my first sense that not everyone in Manchester cared about the music the city has produced.


    * mic


  • To microphone; to place one or more microphones () on.
  • * 1994 September, Jim Gaines, transcribed in Alan di Perna, "Step Lively: Recalling the recording process of SRV’s IN STEP with album producer Jim Gaines", in Guitar World Magazine'', reprinted in ''Guitar World Presents Stevie Ray Vaughan: Stevie Ray In His Own Words , Hal Leonard (1997), ISBN 0793580803, page 81,
  • “And sometimes I’d just have to mike the room. You could run into some weird phasing problems with the individual mics because the speakers were all reacting differently.”
  • * 1996, J.R. Robinson, quoted in Mark Huntly Parsons, The Drummer’s Studio Survival Guide: How to get the best possible drum tracks on any recording project , Hal Leonard, ISBN 0793572223, page 72,
  • He knows me, I know him, and I know how he’s going to mike the drums and what selection of mic’s he's going to use.
  • * 2006, Glenn Haertlein, Project Vectus , Lulu, ISBN 1-4116-8414-1, page 108,
  • “Zeb, is everything go on the AV equipment?” I heard Jim ask. ¶ “Yep,” Zeb replied. “I just need to mike him up.” […] “All set,” he said once he clipped the wireless microphone to my shirtfront.
  • To measure using a micrometer.
  • * 1983, Tom S. Wilson, How to Rebuild Your Big-block Chevy , HPBooks, ISBN 0895861755, page 98,
  • Measure Valve-Stem Diameter— To be positive about it you’ll have to mike the valve stem with a 1-in. micrometer as explained on pages 100 and 101.


    * (to place a microphone on) mic

    Usage notes

    * This term is often found in the synonymous phrasal verb (mike up), as in the 2006 quotation above.