Marble meaning

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(slang) Common sense; sanity.

Completely lost his marbles after the stock market crash.

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Composed of metamorphic rock.

A marble hearth.

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Marbling.
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To mottle and streak (paper, for example) with colors and veins in imitation of marble.
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Something resembling or suggesting metamorphic rock, as in being very hard, smooth, or cold.

A heart of marble; a brow of marble.

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A metamorphic rock consisting primarily of calcite and dolomite. Marble is formed by the metamorphism of limestone. Although it is usually white to gray in color, it often has irregularly colored marks due to the presence of impurities such as silica and clay. Marble is used especially in sculpture and as a building material.
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Resembling metamorphic rock in consistency, texture, venation, color, or coldness.
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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.
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Anything resembling or suggesting marble in hardness, smoothness, coldness, coloration, etc.
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A marbled pattern; marbling.
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(slang) Mental soundness; sanity; wits.

To lose one's marbles.

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Made or consisting of marble.
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Like marble in some way; hard, cold, smooth, white, etc., or streaked, mottled, etc.
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To stain or color (book edges) to look mottled or streaked like marble.
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(uncountable) A rock of crystalline limestone.
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(countable) A small spherical ball of rock, glass, ceramic or metal used in children's games.
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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.
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(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.
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To cause meat, usually beef, pork, or lamb, to be interlaced with fat so that its appearance resembles that of marble.
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(intransitive, of meat, especially beef) To become interlaced with fat.
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Made of, or resembling, marble.

A marble mantel; marble paper.

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(figuratively) Cold; hard; unfeeling.

A marble heart.

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go for all the marbles
  • to take a great risk in the hope of a great gain
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

go for all the marbles

Origin of marble

  • Middle English marbre, marble from Old French marbre from Latin marmor from Greek marmaros of unknown origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman and Old French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Ancient Greek μάρμαρος (marmaros), perhaps related to μαρμάρεος (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.

    From Wiktionary