from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A metamorphic rock formed by alteration of limestone or dolomite, often irregularly colored by impurities, and used especially in architecture and sculpture.
  • n. A piece of this rock.
  • n. A sculpture made from this rock.
  • n. Something resembling or suggesting metamorphic rock, as in being very hard, smooth, or cold: a heart of marble; a brow of marble.
  • n. Games A small hard ball, usually of glass, used in children's games.
  • n. Games Any of various games played with marbles.
  • n. Slang Common sense; sanity: completely lost his marbles after the stock market crash.
  • n. Marbling.
  • transitive v. To mottle and streak (paper, for example) with colors and veins in imitation of marble.
  • adj. Composed of metamorphic rock: a marble hearth.
  • adj. Resembling metamorphic rock in consistency, texture, venation, color, or coldness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rock of crystalline limestone.
  • n. A small spherical ball of rock, glass, ceramic or metal used in children's games.
  • v. To cause (something to have) the streaked or swirled appearance of certain types of marble, for example by mixing viscous ingredients incompletely, or by applying paint or other colorants unevenly.
  • v. To get the streaked or swirled appearance of certain types of marble, for example due to the incomplete mixing of viscous ingredients, or the uneven application of paint or other colorants.
  • v. To cause meat, usually beef, pork, or lamb, to be interlaced with fat so that its appearance resembles that of marble.
  • v. To become interlaced with fat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of, or resembling, marble
  • adj. Cold; hard; unfeeling.
  • n. A massive, compact limestone; a variety of calcite, capable of being polished and used for architectural and ornamental purposes. The color varies from white to black, being sometimes yellow, red, and green, and frequently beautifully veined or clouded. The name is also given to other rocks of like use and appearance, as serpentine or verd antique marble, and less properly to polished porphyry, granite, etc.
  • n. A thing made of, or resembling, marble, as a work of art, or record, in marble; or, in the plural, a collection of such works
  • n. A little ball of glass, marble, porcelain, or of some other hard substance, used as a plaything by children; or, in the plural, a child's game played with marbles.
  • transitive v. To stain or vein like marble; to variegate in color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Limestone in a more or less crystalline or crystalline-granular condition.
  • n. A piece of sculptured or inscribed marble, especially if having some interest as an object of study or curiosity, and more particularly if ancient; any work of art in marble: as, the Elgin marblcs. -
  • n. A little ball of marble or other stone, or of baked clay, porcelain, or glass, used by children in play; an alley. -
  • n. In glassblowing, a block or thick piece of wood in which are formed hemispherical concavities, used in the manufacture of flasks, etc., to shape the fused glass gathered upon the end of the glass-blower's pipe into an approximately spherical form by pressing and turning it over in the concavities preparatory to the blowing. See marver. [In this sense improperly spelled marbel.] -5. Marble-silk.
  • n. plural A venereal disease, probably bubo.
  • Consisting of marble: as, a marble pillar.
  • Veined or stained like marble; variegated in color; marbled.
  • Resembling or comparable to marble in some particular; hard and cold, crystalline, frigid, insensible, etc.
  • To give an appearance of marble to; stain or vein like variegated marble: as, to marble paper; a book with marbled edges. See marbling, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small ball of glass that is used in various games
  • n. a sculpture carved from marble
  • v. paint or stain like marble
  • n. a hard crystalline metamorphic rock that takes a high polish; used for sculpture and as building material


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman and Old French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Ancient Greek μάρμαρος (marmaros), perhaps related to μαρμάρεος (marmareos, "gleaming"). Much of the early classical marble came from the 'Marmaris' sea above the Aegean. The forms from French replaced Old English marma, which had previously been borrowed from Latin.



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