(1) A small ball of glass that is used in various games
(2) A sculpture carved from marble
(3) A hard crystalline metamorphic rock that takes a high polish; used for sculpture and as building material
Paint or stain like marble
From Anglo-Norman and marbre
, from marmor
(perhaps related to
‘gleaming’). Much of the early classical marble came from the 'Marmaris' sea above the Aegean. The forms from French replaced Old English marma
, which had already been borrowed directly from the Latin.
- A rock of crystalline limestone.
- Open thy marble jaws, O tomb / And hide me, earth, in thy dark womb.—George Frederic Handel, Jeptha
- A small spherical ball of rock or glass used in children's games.
- To give the appearance of the streaks and swirls of types of certain marble, as by incomplete mixing of viscous ingredients or by uneven application of paint or other colorant.
- To be interlaced with fat.