What does Marble mean?
Definitions for Marble
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a hard crystalline metamorphic rock that takes a high polish; used for sculpture and as building material
a small ball of glass that is used in various games
a sculpture carved from marble
paint or stain like marble
A rock of crystalline limestone.
A small spherical ball of rock, glass, ceramic or metal used in children's games.
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.
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.
To become interlaced with fat.
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
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.
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 .
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.
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
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
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
made of, or resembling, marble; as, a marble mantel; marble paper
cold; hard; unfeeling; as, a marble breast or heart
to stain or vein like marble; to variegate in color; as, to marble the edges of a book, or the surface of paper
Etymology: [OE. marbel, marbre, F. marbre, L. marmor, fr. Gr. ma`rmaros, fr. marmai`rein to sparkle, flash. Cf. Marmoreal.]
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
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.]
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.
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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.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Marble' in Nouns Frequency: #2242
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The numerical value of Marble in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Marble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of Marble in a Sentence
It was the boast of Augustus that he found Rome of brick and left it of marble. But how much nobler will be the sovereign's boast when he shall have it to say that he found law... a sealed book and left it a living letter found it the patrimony of the rich and left it the inheritance of the poor found it the two-edged sword of craft and oppression and left it the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set it free.
Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work. The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues.
Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of a great sculpture.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
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Translations for Marble
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- bala, marbreCatalan, Valencian
- kuličky, mramor, kuličkaCzech
- marmor, marblen, marblysWelsh
- Marmor, Murmel, marmorierenGerman
- bolita, bola, bola de cristal, mable, bolincha, balita, maule, bolindre, mebli, cachina, bola de vidrio, metra, mármol, chibola, boliche, picha, canicaSpanish
- تیله, تک, مرمرPersian
- marmoroida, marmori, marmorikuula, marmoroitua, lasikuulaFinnish
- bille, marbrer, marbreFrench
- mirlín, marmar, marmaraighIrish
- mirleag, marbal, drillean, triuirean, marmorScottish Gaelic
- biglia, marmo, pallinaItalian
- ビー玉, 大理石, マーブルJapanese
- 大理石, 대리석, 구슬Korean
- mermer, مهڕمهڕ, tebel, xar, ههڵماتKurdish
- māpere, hītimiMāori
- џамлија, мермерMacedonian
- guli, ݢوندو, gundu, جاکا, jaka, کلرڠ, kelerang, ݢوليMalay
- marmer, knikkerDutch
- klinkekule, marmorNorwegian
- kulka, kula, marmurPolish
- mármore, berlindePortuguese
- мрамор, шарик, марблRussian
- kliker, кликер, мрамор, мермер, mramor, mermerSerbo-Croatian
- kula, spelkula, marmorSwedish
- ebrulamak, harelemek, mermer, misket, bilyeTurkish
- maboin, glöpilVolapük
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