marble

noun
mar·​ble | \ ˈmär-bəl How to pronounce marble (audio) \

Definition of marble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
b : something (such as a piece of sculpture) composed of or made from marble
c : something suggesting marble (as in hardness, coldness, or smoothness) a heart of marble
2a : a little ball made of a hard substance (such as glass) and used in various games
b marbles plural in form but singular in construction : any of several games played with these little balls
c marbles plural : the rewards to be won in competition especially for a championship used in the phrase all the marbles a game being played for all the marbles
3 : marbling
4 marbles plural : elements of common sense especially : sanity persons who are born without all their marbles — Arthur Miller

marble

verb
marbled; marbling\ ˈmär-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce marbling (audio) \

Definition of marble (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a veined or mottled appearance to marble the edges of a book

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Other Words from marble

Noun

marble adjective

Examples of marble in a Sentence

Noun

The statue is made of marble. I love to play with marbles.

Verb

marble the paper with several different dyes to get a striking effect
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another way to think of it is like a marble in a funnel. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk: The Popular Mechanics Interview," 25 Feb. 2019 On the white marble counter, a shiny red Berkel slicer cradles a tower of mortadella. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Chef Massimo Bottura’s New Italian Inn," 5 Feb. 2019 In the 20th century, blobs appeared in the work of surrealist artists like Joan Miró and Jean Arp, who rendered bulging sculptures in materials like brass and marble. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 Yes, concrete can scratch and stain, but so can pretty much every other material, including granite and marble. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Concrete Countertops: Is the Home Trend All It's Cracked up to Be?," 12 Dec. 2018 Aesthetic ambiance: All white errthang (brick, tile, marble). Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best L.A. Coffee Shops to Do Work In," 15 Feb. 2018 McPherson had the original 6-foot claw foot tub redone and installed the same White Rhino marble counters used in the half-bath. Kendra Parks, NOLA.com, "Take a private tour of the Superdome," 9 Jan. 2018 The designers say they were inspired by Max Klinger’s famous statue of Beethoven, in which a piece of fabric carved from marble is draped across the musician’s legs. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This red brick facade looks like a rippling piece of fabric," 19 Oct. 2018 The interior practically glows with a white marble bar lit by copper fixtures. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Tied House is that rarest of neighborhood restaurants: a destination," 12 Apr. 2018

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All outfits included a large sash around the waist marbled with bright greens and abstract florals. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Princess Charlotte and a Royal Pageboy Fell on the Way to Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 The ludicrous amount of marbling on the filet melts over the coals, resulting in steak that could be cut with a plastic spoon. Stan Parish, WSJ, "‘Go Beyond Sushi’: Tokyo’s Culinary Gems," 19 June 2018 To create that coveted marbled effect, spread yogurt over each slice of toast and add six to eight small dollops of harissa, then use the backside of a spoon to swirl the harissa into the yogurt. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Smashed Chickpeas on Toast Is Perfect for Picnics, Weeknights, and Moments of Desperation," 23 May 2018 Beyond the Supreme Court’s marbled walls, those virtues are rarely seen by the public. The Christian Science Monitor, "A big question for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee," 10 July 2018 The Puerto-Rican crested toad has greenish-brown pebbled skin and marbled golden eyes. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Puerto Rico just got 11,000 toads courtesy of the Detroit Zoo," 12 June 2018 In the past 15 years, the second coming of the tech boom has remade San Francisco, and last week’s mayoral election—an unexpected race after Mayor Ed Lee’s death in December—was marbled through with anxieties over the industry’s ascent. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "How Tech Shaped San Francisco’s Unresolved Mayor’s Race," 11 June 2018 Varieties are interesting in that each has something particular in terms of flavor, texture, starch content — as well as the colors of skin and pulp, including orange, purple, marbled, fuchsia and pink. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "A world renowned chef on cooking what may be Peru's most famous food — and it's probably in your kitchen," 24 May 2018 As Washington and Beijing swap threats in their escalating trade dispute, this Indiana family shows how global commerce is marbled through communities across the country. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Mark Zuckerberg is embracing more regulation of political ads on Facebook," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of marble

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1675, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marble

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros

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The first known use of marble was in the 12th century

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marble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marble

: a kind of stone that is often polished and used in buildings and statues
: a little glass ball used in some children's games
: a children's game played with little glass balls

marble

noun
mar·​ble | \ ˈmär-bəl How to pronounce marble (audio) \

Kids Definition of marble

1 : a type of limestone that is capable of taking a high polish and is used in architecture and sculpture
2 : a little ball (as of glass) used in a children's game ( marbles )

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