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ˈmær oʊmar·row

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. marrow, bone marrownoun

    the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones

  2. marrow, marrow squash, vegetable marrownoun

    any of various squash plants grown for their elongated fruit with smooth dark green skin and whitish flesh

  3. marrow, bone marrownoun

    very tender and very nutritious tissue from marrowbones

  4. marrow, vegetable marrownoun

    large elongated squash with creamy to deep green skins

  5. kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-grittynoun

    the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

    "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Marrow

    in the Scottish dialect, to this day, denotes a fellow, companion, or associate; as also equal match he met with his marrow.

    Though buying and selling doth wonderful wel,
    Yet chopping and changing I cannot commend
    With theef of his marrow for fear of il end. Thomas Tusser.

  2. Marrownoun

    All the bones of the body which have any considerable thickness have either a large cavity, or they are spongious, and full of little cells: in both the one and the other there is an oleagenous substance, called marrow, contained in proper vesicles or membranes, like the fat: in the larger bones this fine oil, by the gentle heat of the body, is exhaled through the pores of its small bladders, and enters some narrow passages, which lead to some fine canals excavated in the substance of the bone, that the marrow may supple the fibres of the bones, and render them less apt to break. John Quincy

    Etymology: merg , Saxon; smerr, Erse; smergh, Scottish.

    Would he were wasted, marrow, bones, and all,
    That from his loins no hopeful branch may spring. William Shakespeare.

    The skull hath brains as a kind of marrow within it: the back-bone hath one kind of marrow, and other bones of the body hath another: the jaw-bones have no marrow severed, but a little pulp of marrow diffused. Francis Bacon.

    Pamper’d and edify’d their zeal
    With marrow puddings many a meal. Hudibras, p. ii.

    He bit the dart, and wrench’d the wood away,
    The point still buried in the marrow lay. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marrownoun

    the tissue which fills the cavities of most bones; the medulla. In the larger cavities it is commonly very fatty, but in the smaller cavities it is much less fatty, and red or reddish in color

  2. Marrownoun

    the essence; the best part

  3. Marrownoun

    one of a pair; a match; a companion; an intimate associate

  4. Marrowverb

    to fill with, or as with, marrow of fat; to glut

  5. Etymology: [OE. marou, mary, maruh, AS. mearg, mearh; akin to OS. marg, D. merg, G. Mark, OHG. marg, marag, Icel. mergr, Sw. merg, Dan. marv, Skr. majjan; cf. Skr. majj to sink, L. mergere. 274 Cf. Merge.]


  1. Marrow

    Marrow, is a Marvel Comics character, associated with the X-Men. She is a mutant whose bones grow out of her skin and can be removed from her body, providing her with potential knives and clubs as well as body armor. As a child, Marrow was taken in by the Morlocks, a band of grotesque-looking mutants who hid in tunnels beneath New York City. As a young adult, she formed the violent splinter cell Gene Nation until, under the orders of Morlock leader Callisto, she joined the X-Men to redeem herself. She made progress controlling her powers and learning a moral code, but eventually fell in with the paramilitary group Weapon X. As a child, Marrow first appeared in Cable #15 and was created by writer Jeph Loeb and artist David Brewer. However, Uncanny X-Men writer Scott Lobdell and artist Joe Madureira defined her powers and temperament. She has shown herself to be a staunch team player who is prepared to risk her own life to protect those of her teammates. Despite her apparent disdain for humanity, she has revealed that she would like nothing more than to be able to fit in with them and be happy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Marrow

    mar′ō, n. the soft, fatty matter in the hollow parts of the bones: the pith of certain plants: the essence or best part of anything: the inner meaning or purpose.—ns. Marr′ow-bone, a bone containing marrow: (pl.) the knees or the bones of the knees; Marr′owfat, a rich kind of pea, called also Dutch Admiral pea.—adjs. Marr′owish, of the nature of, or resembling, marrow; Marr′owless, having no marrow.—n. Marr′ow-squash (U.S.), vegetable marrow.—adj. Marr′owy, full of marrow: strong: forcible: pithy. [A.S. mearg; Ger. mark.]

Editors Contribution

  1. marrow

    A form of flexible tissue.

    All human beings have bone marrow in their bodies.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 17, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of marrow in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of marrow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of marrow in a Sentence

  1. Steve Sosebee:

    Until radiation therapy is permitted, until we can develop a bone marrow transplant department here, some kids do still have to travel outside for treatment.

  2. Maureen Nemetski:

    I drilled a hole into her shin bone and placed an intraosseous line -- a bone catheter -- so that we could inject platelets and medications into her blood through her bone marrow. I can not imagine her parents' horror on hearing the crack of the drill bit into their baby's leg, we took turns pounding on this baby's chest and trying to pump air into lungs that had filled with blood.

  3. Lukasiewicz Hagai:

    We've been investigating the placenta for the last decade and we have discovered that the placenta cells have unique properties that can help the body to recover after exposure to high level of radiation, we are injecting these cells to the bodies' muscles...that will help the bone marrow to recover after radiation.

  4. Gail Demmler:

    CMV can affect the liver the spleen the bone marrow, lungs, heart, but the most devastating thing it can do is damage the brain, it causes brain damage, vision impairment, hearing loss … but it can affect any organ system.

  5. David Brenner:

    One of the major things that happens if you’re exposed to a large dose of radiation is that your white blood cells get destroyed, so you need to be able to stimulate the bone marrow in your body to work doubly hard to generate new blood cells, and there are drugs that can be given to stimulate the bone marrow to work harder to create new blood cells.

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