: limestone that is more or less crystallized by metamorphism, that ranges from granular to compact in texture, that is capable of taking a high polish, and that is used especially in architecture and sculpture
: something (such as a piece of sculpture) composed of or made from marble
: something suggesting marble (as in hardness, coldness, or smoothness)
a heart of marble
: a little ball made of a hard substance (such as glass) and used in various games
marbles plural in form but singular in construction: any of several games played with these little balls
marbles plural: the rewards to be won in competition especially for a championship—used in the phrase all the marbles
The statue is made of marble.
I love to play with marbles. Verbmarble the paper with several different dyes to get a striking effect
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Even after all the work, most of the original building’s details remain, including its distinctive red marble flooring.—Megan Wood, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023 Rooms are almost indescribable, involving fantastical indoor-outdoor spaces, many with private plunge pools, more detailed marble mosaics, and striking marble bathrooms with circular tubs large enough to fit four people.—Devorah Lev-Tov, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Nov. 2023 Beyond the dining area, the open-plan kitchen has a marble island and a brass hood over the range.—Mark David, Robb Report, 14 Nov. 2023 The band is also sharing a companion piece that’s pressed on green marble vinyl.—Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 14 Nov. 2023 The stand’s round base has a marble pattern which pairs well with the gold bars, making for an elegant piece that’ll sit pretty on a dresser or nightstand.—Kristen (kj) Callihan, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023 Today, that haystack vigil is marked by a Berkshires-quarried marble obelisk topped by an orb, a symbol of the global missionary vision of the young Puritan men who huddled there — for whom neither New England nor the New World were sufficient.—Andrew Doran, National Review, 12 Nov. 2023 The second-floor hall bathroom and the lower-level bathroom each have a single-sink vanity with a white cultured marble countertop and a gray cabinet.—Benjamin C Tankersley, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 An emotional chiaroscuro, her facial expression is etched into marble to communicate the extreme agony and ecstasy caused by fleeting contact with the divine and an immense sense of loss brought on by the knowledge that such a momentous experience must soon come to an end.—Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 30 Oct. 2023
Get the recipe: Caldo Verde A little while later, a server brought us two small bowls of a creamy golden broth, marbled with green.—G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 Look for them in festive red, hot pink, cream, white, apricot, or with marbling, speckles, or streaks.—Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Oct. 2023 After the eggs soak in the dye, pat them with a paper towel and add pencil details to create a marbling effect.—Katherine Owen, Southern Living, 15 Sep. 2023 Christine teaches block printing, indigo dyeing, tie-dyeing, weaving, marbling, screen printing, batik, and cyanotyping.—Kathy Barnes, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 The set sold as a digital download album, double-CD, double-cassette and in three color vinyl LP variants (orchid marbled, violet marbled and a Target-exclusive lilac marbled color).—Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 16 July 2023 The can is marbled with hyperpop swirls and announcements of its 0 grams of sugar and monk fruit sweetener.—Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 11 July 2023 Here’s what Goodson suggests: Watch out for marbling The white lines running through meat – often steak – give it a marbled appearance.—USA TODAY, 2 July 2023 When selecting meat for barbecuing, perhaps the most important thing to look for is marbling and internal fat content.—Aaron Hutcherson, Anchorage Daily News, 1 July 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros