- Anatomy. a soft, fatty, vascular tissue in the interior cavities of bones that is a major site of blood cell production.
- the inmost or essential part: to pierce to the marrow of a problem.
- strength or vitality: Fear took the marrow out of him.
- rich and nutritious food.
- Chiefly British. vegetable marrow.
Origin of marrow1
- a partner; fellow worker.
- a spouse; helpmate.
- a companion; close friend.
Origin of marrow2
Related Words for marrowquintessence, kernel, substance, meat, core, bottom, soul, pith, stuff, essentiality, quick, cream, spirit, gist, quintessential, virtuality
Examples from the Web for marrow
Contemporary Examples of marrow
For, as the poet Bialik said in another context, it is we who will pay the price of the blaze with our blood and marrow.David Grossman's Plea
August 3, 2012
Mr. Thoreau wanted to drive life into a corner, to live deep and suck out all the marrow.David McCullough at Wellesley Commencement: ‘You Are Not Special’ (Video)
The Daily Beast
June 9, 2012
Unlike donors of vital organs like kidneys, marrow donors can give again and again.Photojojo Founder Amit Gupta Uses Social Media to Find a Bone-Marrow Donor
November 30, 2011
Those times when I realize I am alone with myself and my thoughts I do take the time to suck the marrow out of it.Sarah Jessica Parker on Surrogacy and Cursing
December 16, 2009
Historical Examples of marrow
When she pressed a little she felt she distinguished the suffering cries of the marrow.L'Assommoir
The bone was formed by sifting pure smooth earth and wetting it with marrow.
Worst of all and most fatal is the disease of the marrow, by which the whole course of the body is reversed.
The first principle of all of them was the generation of the marrow.
It is the pith and marrow of every substance, every relation, and every process.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones
- the vital part; essence
- rich food
- British short for vegetable marrow
Word Origin for marrow
- Northeast English dialect, mainly Durham a companion, esp a workmate
Word Origin for marrow
late 14c., from Old English mearg "marrow," earlier mærh, from Proto-Germanic *mazga- (cf. Old Norse mergr, Old Saxon marg, Old Frisian merg, Middle Dutch march, Dutch merg, Old High German marg, German Mark "marrow"), from PIE *mozgo- "marrow" (cf. Sanskrit majjan-, Avestan mazga- "marrow," Old Church Slavonic mozgu, Lithuanian smagenes "brain"). Figurative sense of "inmost or central part" is attested from c.1400.
- Bone marrow.
- The spinal cord.
- See bone marrow.