verb (used with object), mar·bled, mar·bling.
Origin of marble
Examples from the Web for marbles
Pat Robertson has lost his marbles, seemingly, and after him, who?
This time, when we went for all the marbles, we ended with none.
Video of the siege shows some of the passengers armed with marbles and slingshots.
That can never happen while the marbles are being held hostage in London.
Linda Yablonsky tours the ancient treasures and revisits the debate of how the Parthenon lost its marbles.
Strutt believed that nuts of the roundest sort were the original “marbles.”
In ancient times, when we were boys, and indulged in the luxury of marbles, they were very different from their present form.
It will be of great benefit to us to look upon the paintings and marbles of the Old World.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 12 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Here is a red morocco bag in which I kept my ill-gotten gains in marbles.Revisiting the Earth|James Langdon Hill
Thins apples on trees when the size of marbles, and believes it pays.The Apple|Various
- 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
children's game, from plural of marble (n.); first recorded by that name in 1709 but probably older (it was known in 13c. German as tribekugeln) and originally played with small balls of polished marble or alabaster, later clay; the modern glass ones with the colored swirl date from 1840s.
Meaning "mental faculties, common sense" is from 1927, American English slang, perhaps [OED] from earlier slang marbles "furniture, personal effects, 'the goods' " (1864, Hotten), a corrupt translation of French meubles (plural) "furniture" (see furniture).
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.
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.
see have all one's buttons (marbles).