marbling definition by Webster's New World
- the art or process of staining or veining like marble, as the decoration of book edges in marblelike patterns
- a streaked, veined, or mottled appearance like that of marble: a marbling of fat in beef
marbling definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A mottling or streaking that resembles marble.
- The process or operation of giving something the surface appearance of marble.
- The decorative imitation of marble patterns printed on page edges and endpapers of books.
- Flecks or thin strips of fat, especially when evenly distributed in a cut of meat.
Variant of marble
- 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: Middle 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.
- marbly adjective