from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A crumbly mixture of clays, calcium and magnesium carbonates, and remnants of shells that is sometimes found under desert sands and used as fertilizer for lime-deficient soils.
- transitive v. To fertilize with such a mixture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mixed earthy substance, consisting of carbonate of lime, clay, and possibly sand, in very variable proportions, and accordingly designated as calcareous, clayey, or sandy.
- v. To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a peculiar hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cover, as part of a rope, with marline, marking a pecular hitch at each turn to prevent unwinding.
- n. A mixed earthy substance, consisting of carbonate of lime, clay, and sand, in very variable proportions, and accordingly designated as calcareous, clayey, or sandy. See greensand.
- transitive v. To overspread or manure with marl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mixture of clay with carbonate of lime, the latter being present in considerable quantity, forming a mass which is not consolidated, but falls to pieces readily on exposure to the air.
- To overspread or manure with marl.
- Nautical, to wind, as a rope, with marline, spun-yarn, twine, or other small stuff, every turn being secured by a sort of hitch: a common method of fastening strips of canvas called parceling, to prevent chafing.
- To ravel, as silk.
- n. The fiber of those peacock-feathers which have the webs long and decomposed, so that the barbs stand apart, as if raveled: used for making artificial flies.
- To wonder; marvel.
- n. Marble.
- n. A marble (plaything).
- See the quotation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a loose and crumbling earthy deposit consisting mainly of calcite or dolomite; used as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime
Middle English marle, from Old French, from Medieval Latin margila, marla, diminutive of Latin marga, marl, of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French marle from Late Latin marglia, diminutive of marga ("marl"). (Wiktionary)