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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The resulting home features neutral colors for a soothing palette: There's plenty of Joanna Gaines's favorite shiplap, furniture with soft patinas, and luxe marble for the bathrooms. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Kate Upton Just Secretly Renovated Her Sister's Home," 10 Apr. 2019 My kitchen counter has a very light faux-marble veneer, but, the workbench in my office, like me, dates back to the 1970s. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Puppy Cube mini-review: 720p limits the potential, but it works surprisingly well," 30 Oct. 2018 And the most memorable videos of the night were cartoons of analog toys: Rubik's Cube and a wooden marble maze. 5. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "5 ways Harry Styles charted his own course in Indianapolis," 28 June 2018 Other amenities include heated marble floors, wet bars, and a gym. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "Carrie Underwood Is Selling Her Tennessee Home," 11 Mar. 2019 Each light-filled guest room features floor-to-ceiling windows and Mexican calcutta marble floors, and most of the rooms have terraces with scenic downtown views. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa This wine country hotel was constructed on a grand scale: triple-height ceilings, black-and-white marble floors, enormous chandeliers, wide verandas, and mountain views. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The hotel re-opened last year after a renovation aimed at ridding it of its Soviet-style appearance, with gleaming marble floors and walls. Washington Post, "Traveling with Pompeo on secret mission to North Korea," 14 May 2018 The hotel re-opened last year after a renovation aimed at ridding it of its Soviet-style appearance, with gleaming marble floors and walls. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "2 trips to NKorea with top US diplomat, 18 years apart," 11 May 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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