Definition of Marble

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

Generic synonyms: Rock, Stone
Specialized synonyms: Verd Antique, Verde Antique
Derivative terms: Marbleize, Marmoreal, Marmorean



2. Verb. Paint or stain like marble. "Marble paper"
Category relationships: Handicraft
Generic synonyms: Stain

3. Noun. A small ball of glass that is used in various games.
Generic synonyms: Ball
Specialized synonyms: Shooter, Taw

4. Noun. A sculpture carved from marble.
Generic synonyms: Sculpture

Definition of Marble

1. n. 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. a. Made of, or resembling, marble; as, a marble mantel; marble paper.

3. v. t. To stain or vein like marble; to variegate in color; as, to marble the edges of a book, or the surface of paper.

Definition of Marble

1. Noun. A rock of crystalline limestone. ¹

2. Noun. A small spherical ball of rock, glass, ceramic or metal used in children's games. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) 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. ¹

4. Verb. (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. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To cause meat, usually beef, pork, or lamb, to be interlaced with fat so that its appearance resembles that of marble. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive of meat, especially beef) To become interlaced with fat. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Marble

1. to give a mottled appearance to [v -BLED, -BLING, -BLES]

Medical Definition of Marble

1. 1. A massive, compact limestone; a variety of calcite, capable of being polished and used for architectural and ornamental purposes. The colour 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. Breccia marble consists of limestone fragments cemented together. Ruin marble, when polished, shows forms resembling ruins, due to disseminated iron oxide. Shell marble contains fossil shells. Statuary marble is a pure, white, fine-grained kind, including Parian (from Paros) and Carrara marble. If coarsely granular it is called saccharoidal. 2. 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. 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. Marble is also much used in self-explaining compounds; when used figuratively in compounds it commonly means, hard, cold, destitute of compassion or feeling; as, marble-breasted, marble-faced, marble-hearted. Origin: OE. Marbel, marbre, F. Marbre, L. Marmor, fr. Gr, fr. To sparkle, flash. Cf. Marmoreal. 1. Made of, or resembling, marble; as, a marble mantel; marble paper. 2. Cold; hard; unfeeling; as, a marble breast or heart. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Marble

marathons
maraud
marauded
marauder
marauders
marauding
marauds
maravedis
maravilla
maraviroc
marbelize
marbelized
marbelizes
marbelizing
marble (current term)
marble-wood
marble bone disease
marble bones
marble bones disease
marble cake
marble cakes
marble cheese
marble cutters' phthisis
marble orchard
marble orchards
marbled
marbled cat
marbled cats
marbled polecat

Literary usage of Marble

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"marble.— Including stones identical in composition with those noted under ... Limestone, marble. Volcanic Rocks and Tuffs. Granite, Limestone, marble. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"Even in cases where there was a polished marble door architrave, as in the Parthenon and the Propylaea in Athens, it appears to have been usual to fix an ..."

3. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1860)
"In this country ng of Carrara marble had stood one-tenth part of . The cornices and capitals of the Pantheon at re of white marble, but he very much doubted ..."

4. The Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius Pollio (1914)
"CHAPTER VI marble FOR USE IN STUCCO marble is not produced everywhere of the ... In places where this is not found, the broken bits of marble or "chips," as ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1901)
"Under high pressures the marble was found to flow, bulging out the iron tube that ... When the iron tube was cut away a solid block of marble was obtained, ..."

6. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1901)
"Played with four stones and a marble. The figures are given in full, to show the variant induced by the use of the marble kept constantly bouncing. Pints. ..."

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