What does Marble mean?

Definitions for Marble
ˈmɑr bəlmar·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. marblenoun

    a hard crystalline metamorphic rock that takes a high polish; used for sculpture and as building material

  2. marblenoun

    a small ball of glass that is used in various games

  3. marbleverb

    a sculpture carved from marble

  4. marbleverb

    paint or stain like marble

    "marble paper"


  1. marblenoun

    A rock of crystalline limestone.

  2. marblenoun

    A small spherical ball of rock, glass, ceramic or metal used in children's games.

  3. marbleverb

    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.

  4. marbleverb

    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.

  5. marbleverb

    To cause meat, usually beef, pork, or lamb, to be interlaced with fat so that its appearance resembles that of marble.

  6. marbleverb

    To become interlaced with fat.

  7. Etymology: From and marbre, from marmor, from μάρμαρος, perhaps related to μαρμάρεος. Much of the early classical marble came from the 'Marmaris' sea above the Aegean. The forms from French replaced marma, which had previously been borrowed from Latin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Marbleadjective

    Pygmalion’s fate reverst is mine,
    His marble love took flesh and blood,
    All that I worshipp’d as divine,
    That beauty, now ’tis understood,
    Appears to have no more of life,
    Than that whereof he fram’d his wife. Edmund Waller.

    Shall I see far-fetched inventions? shall I labour to lay marble colours over my ruinous thoughts? or rather, though the pureness of my virgin-mind be stained, let me keep the true simplicity of my word. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    The appendix shall be printed by itself, stitched, and with a marble cover. Jonathan Swift.

  2. Marblenoun

    Etymology: marbre, French; marmor, Latin.

    He plies her hard, and much rain wears the marble. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Whole as the marble, founded as the rock. William Shakespeare.

    Thou marble hew’st, ere long to part with breath,
    And houses rear’st, unmindful of thy death. George Sandys.

    Some dry their corn infected with the brine,
    Then grind with marbles, and prepare to dine. Dryden.

    The two flat sides of two pieces of marble will more easily approach each other, between which there is nothing but water or air, than if there be a diamond between them; not that the parts of the diamond are more solid, but because the parts of water being more easily separable, give way to the approach of the two pieces of marble. John Locke.

    Marbles taught him percussion, and the laws of motion; nut-crackers the use of the leaver. Scriblerus Club .

  3. To Marbleverb

    To variegate, or vein like marble.

    Etymology: marbrer, French, from the noun.

    A sheet of very well sleeked marbled paper did not cast any of its distinct colours upon the wall with an equal diffusion. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    Marbled with sage the hard’ning cheese she press’d,
    And yellow butter Marian’s skill profess’d. John Gay, Pastorals.


  1. marble

    Marble is a type of hard, crystalline metamorphic rock that originates from limestone or dolomite. It is primarily composed of calcite or dolomite crystals and is commonly used in sculpture and architecture due to its beautiful aesthetic and high durability. The color and veining of marble varies depending on the types and amounts of impurities present during its formation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marblenoun

    a massive, compact limestone; a variety of calcite, capable of being polished and used for architectural and ornamental purposes. The color varies from white to black, being sometimes yellow, red, and green, and frequently beautifully veined or clouded. The name is also given to other rocks of like use and appearance, as serpentine or verd antique marble, and less properly to polished porphyry, granite, etc

  2. Marblenoun

    a thing made of, or resembling, marble, as a work of art, or record, in marble; or, in the plural, a collection of such works; as, the Arundel or Arundelian marbles; the Elgin marbles

  3. Marblenoun

    a little ball of marble, or of some other hard substance, used as a plaything by children; or, in the plural, a child's game played with marbles

  4. Marbleadjective

    made of, or resembling, marble; as, a marble mantel; marble paper

  5. Marbleadjective

    cold; hard; unfeeling; as, a marble breast or heart

  6. Marblenoun

    to stain or vein like marble; to variegate in color; as, to marble the edges of a book, or the surface of paper

  7. Etymology: [OE. marbel, marbre, F. marbre, L. marmor, fr. Gr. ma`rmaros, fr. marmai`rein to sparkle, flash. Cf. Marmoreal.]


  1. Marble

    Marble is a non-foliated metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. Geologists use the term "marble" to refer to metamorphosed limestone; however, stonemasons use the term more broadly to encompass unmetamorphosed limestone. Marble is commonly used for sculpture and as a building material.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Marble

    mär′bl, n. any species of limestone taking a high polish: that which is made of marble, as a work of art: a little ball used by boys in play.—adj. made of marble: veined like marble: hard: insensible.—v.t. to stain or vein like marble.—adjs. Mar′ble-breast′ed, hard-hearted, cruel; Mar′ble-con′stant, constant or firm as marble, immovable.—n. Mar′ble-cut′ter, one who hews marble: a machine for cutting marble.—adjs. Mar′ble-edged, having the edges marbled, as a book; Mar′ble-heart′ed, hard-hearted, insensible.—ns. Mar′ble-pā′per, paper coloured in imitation of variegated marble; Mar′bler; Mar′bling, the act of veining or painting in imitation of marble.—adv. Mar′bly, resembling marble, in the manner of marble.—Elgin marbles, a collection of marbles obtained chiefly from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin in 1811, now in the British Museum. [O. Fr. marbre—L. marmor; cf. Gr. marmaros, marmairein, to sparkle.]

Editors Contribution

  1. marble

    A type of matter.

    Marble is mined from a marble quarry and used for various purposes e.g. kitchen worktop and as a building material.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 7, 2017  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Marble is ranked #5940 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Marble surname appeared 5,796 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Marble.

    80.5% or 4,666 total occurrences were White.
    13.5% or 785 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 124 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 114 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 64 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 43 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Marble' in Nouns Frequency: #2242

Anagrams for Marble »

  1. ambler

  2. blamer

  3. ramble

  4. lamber

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Marble in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Marble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Marble in a Sentence

  1. Michaelangelo:

    I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set it free.

  2. Dawn Carroll:

    Having just been in Italy, I fell in love with the marble streets and sidewalks of Verona, millions of footsteps pound and torture that stone daily, but the abuse creates the exquisite finish.

  3. Caesar Augustus:

    I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.

  4. Ilana Dayan:

    The man who was responsible for these explosions, it becomes clear, made sure to supply to the Iranians the marble foundation on which the centrifuges are placed, as they install this foundation within the Natanz facility, they have no idea that it already includes an enormous amount of explosives.

  5. Dino Rasera:

    It's so heartwarming that the whole community [has] –like strangers –helped us out and they're still helping us, me and Marble are so blessed to have them.

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