verb (used with object), mar·bled, mar·bling.
- marañon's sign,
- marble bone disease,
- marble bones,
- marble cake,
- marble orchard,
- marble, alice
Origin of marble
Examples from the Web for marble
He rests lavishly, depicted in a marble sarcophagus that stares up for eternity at the carved depictions of his life story.
A civilian named Richard Gabrielle was trapped under a pile of marble, but alive during those last minutes.
“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.
Perhaps the general did not cultivate his fame as “The Marble Man,” but he earned it.
Then they stepped from the pile of marble blocks, and passed quietly away.The Mark of the Beast|Sidney Watson
The marks will become more distinct if the marble is rubbed with a little vermilion.Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf|Jane H. Newell
Thus, every column would contain one hundred and ten tons of marble, besides base and capital!Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. I of II)|Charles Bucke
What long leaps the little birds took across the snow, which looked like a marble pavement with fairies dancing upon it!Our Bird Comrades|Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
The fora and atria were overcrowded with bronze and marble statues and groups.A Manual of the Historical Development of Art|G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
- 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).