[ mar-oh ]
/ ˈmær oʊ /
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.
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Origin of marrow1
before 900; Middle English mar(o)we, Old English mearg; cognate with Dutch merg, German Mark, Old Norse mergr
OTHER WORDS FROM marrowmar·row·ish, adjectivemar·row·less, adjectivemar·row·y, adjective
Words nearby marrow
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, marrons glacés
, marrow fat
, marrow squash
Definition for marrow (2 of 2)
[ mar-oh; Scot. mar-uh ]
/ ˈmær oʊ; Scot. ˈmær ə /
noun Scot. and North England.
a partner; fellow worker.
a spouse; helpmate.
a companion; close friend.
Origin of marrow2
1400–50; late Middle English marwe fellow worker, partner, perhaps < Old Norse margr friendly, literally, many
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Example sentences from the Web for marrow
The grease of the fox and the marrow are good for the hardening of sinews.
It may originate in the periosteum, or may spread thence from the marrow, or from synovial membrane.
The scene is bleak and desolate, and I am chilled to the marrow of my bones.
The air was "shrewd and biting," and we had some boisterous north winds which chilled me to the marrow.
A lamb was served up hot from the spit, the tail of which, like marrow, was curled up over its back.
British Dictionary definitions for marrow (1 of 2)
the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones
the vital part; essence
Derived forms of marrowmarrowy, adjective
Word Origin for marrow
Old English mærg; related to Old Frisian merg, Old Norse mergr
British Dictionary definitions for marrow (2 of 2)
Northeast English dialect, mainly Durham a companion, esp a workmate
Word Origin for marrow
C15 marwe fellow worker, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic margr friendly
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Medical definitions for marrow
The spinal cord.
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Scientific definitions for marrow
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Cultural definitions for marrow
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