What does marble mean?

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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.

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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for marble »

  1. ambler, blamer, ramble

  2. Blamer

  3. Ramble

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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. Cressida Dick:

    I've got one message for the protesters and that is: Please, go to Marble Arch where you can protest lawfully. Stop your unlawful protest, and if you don't want to go to Marble Arch, then go home.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Engrave in Marble all the good things that happen to you, and write in Sand all the bad things from the past. Let go the past, and never look back unless you plan to go that path. Life is within you Today right at this moment, and you will create Tomorrow.

  3. 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.

  4. Michelangelo:

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

  5. Arabic Parable:

    Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.

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