- Geology. a friable earthy deposit consisting of clay and calcium carbonate, used especially as a fertilizer for soils deficient in lime.
- Archaic. earth.
- to fertilize with marl.
Origin of marl1
- to wind (a rope) with marline, every turn being secured by a hitch.
Origin of marl2
or mar·lin, mar·ling
- small stuff of two-fiber strands, sometimes tarred, laid up left-handed.
Origin of marline
Examples from the Web for marling
Contemporary Examples of marling
Marling has reunited with her Voice director and co-writer, Zal Batmanglij, in The East.Brit Marling’s ‘The East’ Is Riveting
January 21, 2013
Fun fact: Marling was offered a job at Goldman Sachs out of Georgetown.In ‘Arbitrage,’ Richard Gere Shows How the Price Is Right
September 13, 2012
Consider this New York Times headline about Marling from last month: “How to Succeed in Hollywood Despite Being Really Beautiful.”
“How terrifying to surrender your life to being chosen all the time,” Marling said.
At the end of a long day of press interviews in Los Angeles recently, Marling laughed at the notion.
Historical Examples of marling
Montreal did not propose or vote for it, says Doctor Marling.Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2)
William Henry Atherton
T' end of that was that Louis shot Marling through the shoulder and nearly blew his arm off.Labrador Days
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The walk, too, along the side of the mountains by way of Marling and picturesque St. Anton is one to be enjoyed and remembered.Tyrol and its People
Then we returned to Mr. Brownjohn's to buy bread, bacon, and groceries, and he in turn sent us to Mr. Marling for vegetables.Afoot in England
In either case it is finished by marling, followed by serving or grafting.
- a fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of clay minerals, calcite or aragonite, and silt: used as a fertilizer
- (tr) to fertilize (land) with marl
Word Origin for marl
- nautical to seize (a rope) with marline, using a hitch at each turn
Word Origin for marl
marlin less commonly marling (ˈmɑːlɪŋ)
- nautical a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed
Word Origin for marline
"clayey soil used for fertilizer," late 14c., from Old French marle (Modern French marne), from Late Latin marglia, diminutive of Latin marga "marl," which is said by Pliny to be a Gaulish word, but modern Celtic cognates are considered to be borrowed from English or French. As a verb by late 14c. Medieval Latin margila is the source of Dutch mergel, German Mergel.
- A crumbly mixture of clays, calcium and magnesium carbonates, and remnants of shells that forms in both freshwater and marine environments.