verb (used with object), mar·bled, mar·bling.
Origin of marble
Examples from the Web for marble
Contemporary Examples of marble
Wedged between two marble buildings at the lavishly designed Lincoln Center, sits a single white tent.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
He rests lavishly, depicted in a marble sarcophagus that stares up for eternity at the carved depictions of his life story.Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard
October 23, 2014
A civilian named Richard Gabrielle was trapped under a pile of marble, but alive during those last minutes.The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11
September 11, 2014
“Expansion favors everyone,” added the 79-year-old Tuscan, who started off as a bookkeeper in a marble firm in 1955.
Carrara marble has been quarried as far back as Roman times and was used by emperors for massive monuments like the Rome Pantheon.
Historical Examples of marble
It was motionless as marble; but never had she seen anything so beautiful, and so unearthly.
From this marble Phidias sculptured a statue of Vengeance, which was called Rhamnusia.
As she rose, her face changed, she gave a cry, and fell upon the marble floor.To be Read at Dusk
At the first glimpse of the terrible head of Medusa, they whitened into marble!The Gorgon's Head
The moon shone on them; they looked as if they were carved with marble.Quaint Courtships
- a hard crystalline metamorphic rock resulting from the recrystallization of a limestone: takes a high polish and is used for building and sculpture
- (as modifier)a marble bust Related adjective: marmoreal
Word Origin for marble
type of stone much used in sculpture, monuments, etc., early 14c., by dissimilation from marbra (mid-12c.), from Old French marbre (which itself underwent dissimilation of 2nd -r- to -l- in 14c.; marbre persisted in English into early 15c.), from Latin marmor, from or cognate with Greek marmaros "marble, gleaming stone," of unknown origin, perhaps originally an adjective meaning "sparkling," which would connect it with marmairein "to shine." The Latin word was taken directly into Old English as marma. German Marmor is restored Latin from Old High German marmul. Meaning "little balls of marble used in a children's game" is attested from 1690s.
late 14c., "of marble," from marble (n.). Meaning "mottled like marble" is mid-15c. Marble cake is attested from 1864.
1590s (implied in marbled), "to give (something) the appearance of marble," from marble (n.). Related: Marbling.
see have all one's buttons (marbles).