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marble

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noun mar·ble \ˈmär-bəl\

Definition of marble

  1. 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 sculptureb :  something (such as a piece of sculpture) composed of or made from marblec :  something suggesting marble (as in hardness, coldness, or smoothness) a heart of marble

  2. 2a :  a little ball made of a hard substance (such as glass) and used in various gamesb marbles plural in form but singular in construction :  any of several games played with these little ballsc 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. 3 :  marbling

  4. 4 marbles 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.

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Origin and Etymology of marble

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


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marble

verb mar·ble

Definition of marble

marbled

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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

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First Known Use of marble

1675



MARBLE Defined for English Language Learners

marble

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noun

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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