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

Other natural elements such as wood, marble and stone are always present as well, bringing the outdoors in. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "San Jose designer focuses on comfort, functionality and style," 2 July 2019 Blum describes the process of prediction as though there were two parallel worlds running in sequence: the real one, our own blue marble, and the simulated one, which lives inside the machine. Hannah Fry, The New Yorker, "Why Weather Forecasting Keeps Getting Better," 24 June 2019 Eventually, the imposing complex was stripped of its marble and fell into ruin. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "You Can Now Tour the Tunnels Beneath Rome’s Baths of Caracalla," 20 June 2019 Taking 579 years and at least 78 chief architects to complete, the cathedral is one of the jewels of Europe; a canal network was created just to transport slabs of its pink-veined marble from Lake Maggiore 50 miles away. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 Five years after the death of railroad magnate James J. Hill, his dream of erecting a public library in the heart of downtown St. Paul became a reality set in Tennessee marble and Minnesota sandstone. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Nearing the century mark, downtown St. Paul’s James J. Hill Center to close in July," 11 June 2019 The 18-year-old who allegedly used a slingshot to fire marbles and bullets at windows was served a summons Friday, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "18-year-old from Bel Air served summons for vandalism caused by slingshot," 7 June 2019 Our blue marble, the only planet known to support life, gets heat from the sun, of course, but also from its molten core. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "To Understand How the Earth Formed, and How It Might Disappear, NASA Is Drilling on Mars," 21 Feb. 2019 Vermont produced marble, lumber, maple syrup, and milk, all hit hard by the collapse in commodity prices that started in 1930. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019

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The new product announcement comes a week after Beyond Meat introduced a new patty that uses coconut oil and cocoa butter to create a marbling effect to make the texture mimic real meat more closely. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Beyond Meat will start making 'ground beef'," 17 June 2019 The improved patty uses coconut oil and cocoa butter to create a marbling effect to make the patty's texture mimic real meat more closely. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Beyond Meat introduces new, meatier burger patty," 11 June 2019 Nondescript marbled cardboard covers and a title page in cursive handwriting announce Specimens of the Plants & Fruits of the Island of Cuba by Mrs. A.K. Wollstonecraft. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "'Lost' book of exquisite scientific drawings rediscovered after 190 years," 22 Apr. 2019 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

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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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