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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mottling or streaking that resembles marble.
  • noun The process or operation of giving something the surface appearance of marble.
  • noun The decorative imitation of marble patterns printed on page edges and endpapers of books.
  • noun Flecks or thin strips of fat, especially when evenly distributed in a cut of meat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The art or process of variegating in color, in imitation of marble, or with veins and cloudings of any sort.
  • noun Any marking resembling that of veined or variegated marble; hence, any mottling, veining, or clouding of a surface: as, the marbling of flesh-meat caused by alternations of fat and lean.
  • noun The art or practice of staining paper or the cut edges of a book with variegated colors, usually in some conventional imitation of marble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The art or practice of variegating in color, in imitation of marble.
  • noun An intermixture of fat and lean in meat, giving it a marbled appearance.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Distinct markings resembling the variegations of marble, as on birds and insects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of marble.
  • noun A mottled or streaky appearance
  • noun The process of adding such an appearance, especially as a decoration

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

  • noun the intermixture of fat and lean in a cut of meat

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