marble

[ mahr-buh l ]
/ ˈmɑr bəl /

noun

adjective

verb (used with object), mar·bled, mar·bling.

to color or stain like variegated marble.
to apply a decorative pattern to (paper, the edges of a book, etc.) by transferring oil pigments floating on water.

Origin of marble

1150–1200; Middle English marbel, dissimilated variant of Old English marmel (in marmelstān marble stone) < Latin marmor < Greek mármaros, akin to marmaírein to sparkle

OTHER WORDS FROM marble

mar·bler, nounun·mar·bled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for marbles (1 of 2)

marbles
/ (ˈmɑːbəlz) /

noun

(functioning as singular) a game in which marbles are rolled at one another, similar to bowls
(functioning as plural) informal witsto lose one's marbles

British Dictionary definitions for marbles (2 of 2)

marble
/ (ˈmɑːbəl) /

noun

verb

(tr) to mottle with variegated streaks in imitation of marble

adjective

cold, hard, or unresponsive
white like some kinds of marble
See also marbles

Derived forms of marble

marbled, adjectivemarbler, nounmarbly, adjective

Word Origin for marble

C12: via Old French from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros, related to Greek marmairein to gleam
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Scientific definitions for marbles

marble
[ märbəl ]

A metamorphic rock consisting primarily of calcite and dolomite. Marble is formed by the metamorphism of limestone. Although it is usually white to gray in color, it often has irregularly colored marks due to the presence of impurities such as silica and clay. Marble is used especially in sculpture and as a building material.
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Idioms and Phrases with marbles

marble

see have all one's buttons (marbles).

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