- a hard, crystalline or granular, metamorphic limestone, white or variously colored and sometimes streaked or mottled, which can take a high polish: it is much used in building and sculpture
- a piece or slab of this stone, used as a monument, inscribed record, etc.
- a piece of sculpture in marble
- anything resembling or suggesting marble in hardness, smoothness, coldness, coloration, etc.
- a little ball of stone, glass, or clay, used in games
- a children's game in which a marble is propelled by the thumb at other marbles, usually in an attempt to drive them out of a marked circle
- a marbled pattern; marbling
- Slang mental soundness; sanity; wits: to lose one's marbles
Origin of marbleMiddle English marble, marbre ; from Old French marbre ; from Classical Latin marmor ; from Classical Greek marmaros, white stone, origin, originally boulder (meaning influenced, influence by marmairein, to shine) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mer-, to rub from source mare
- made or consisting of marble
- like marble in some way; hard, cold, smooth, white, etc., or streaked, mottled, etc.
go for all the marbles⌂
Origin of marblesee marble
- a. A metamorphic rock formed by alteration of limestone or dolomite, often irregularly colored by impurities, and used especially in architecture and sculpture.b. A piece of this rock.c. A sculpture made from this rock.
- Something resembling or suggesting metamorphic rock, as in being very hard, smooth, or cold: a heart of marble; a brow of marble.
- Games a. A small hard ball, usually of glass, used in children's games.b. marbles (used with a sing. verb) Any of various games played with marbles.
- marbles Slang Common sense; sanity: completely lost his marbles after the stock market crash.
transitive verbmar·bled, mar·bling, mar·bles
- Composed of metamorphic rock: a marble hearth.
- Resembling metamorphic rock in consistency, texture, venation, color, or coldness.
Origin of marbleMiddle English marbre, marble, from Old French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros, of unknown origin.
- (uncountable) A rock of crystalline limestone.
- (countable) A small spherical ball of rock, glass, ceramic or metal used in children's games.
(third-person singular simple present marbles, present participle marbling, simple past and past participle marbled)
- To cause (something to have) the streaked or swirled appearance of certain types of marble, for example by mixing viscous ingredients incompletely, or by applying paint or other colorants unevenly.
- (intransitive) To get the streaked or swirled appearance of certain types of marble, for example due to the incomplete mixing of viscous ingredients, or the uneven application of paint or other colorants.
- To cause meat, usually beef, pork, or lamb, to be interlaced with fat so that its appearance resembles that of marble.
- (intransitive, of meat, especially beef) To become interlaced with fat.
(comparative more marble, superlative most marble)
- Made of, or resembling, marble.
- a marble mantel; marble paper
- (figuratively) Cold; hard; unfeeling.
- a marble heart
From Anglo-Norman and Old French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Ancient Greek Î¼Î¬ÏÎ¼Î±ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (marmaros), perhaps related to Î¼Î±ÏÎ¼Î¬ÏÎµÎ¿Ï‚ (marmareos, “gleaming"). Much of the early classical marble came from the 'Marmaris' sea above the Aegean. The forms from French replaced Old English marma, which had previously been borrowed from Latin.