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marble

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noun mar·ble \ˈmär-bəl\

Definition of marble

  1. 1 a :  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 (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>

  2. 2 a :  a little ball made of a hard substance (as glass) and used in various games b plural but sing in constr :  any of several games played with these little balls c 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. 3 :  marbling

  4. 4 plural :  elements of common sense; especially :  sanity <persons who are born without all their marbles — Arthur Miller>

marble

adjective

Examples of marble in a sentence

  1. The statue is made of marble.

  2. I love to play with marbles.

Origin and Etymology of marble

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


First Known Use: 12th century


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marble

verb mar·ble

Definition of marble

marbled

marbling

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  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give a veined or mottled appearance to <marble the edges of a book>

Examples of marble in a sentence

  1. <marble the paper with several different dyes to get a striking effect>

1675

First Known Use of marble

1675



MARBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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marble

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noun mar·ble \ˈmär-bəl\

Definition of marble for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of stone that is often polished and used in buildings and statues

  • : a little glass ball used in some children's games

  • marbles : a children's game played with little glass balls


MARBLE Defined for Kids

marble

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noun mar·ble \ˈmär-bəl\

Definition of marble for Students

  1. 1 :  a type of limestone that is capable of taking a high polish and is used in architecture and sculpture

  2. 2 :  a little ball (as of glass) used in a children's game (marbles)



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