Meaning of marble

mar•ble

Pronunciation: (mär'bul), [key]
— n., adj., v., -bled, -bling.
—n.
  1. metamorphosed limestone, consisting chiefly of recrystallized calcite or dolomite, capable of taking a high polish, occurring in a wide range of colors and variegations and used in sculpture and architecture.
  2. any variety of this stone: Carrara marble.
  3. an object made of or carved from this stone, esp. a sculpture: Renaissance marbles.
  4. a piece of this stone: the fallen marbles of Roman ruins.
  5. (not in technical use) any of various breccias or other stones that take a high polish and show a variegated pattern.
  6. a marbled appearance or pattern; marbling: The woodwork had a greenish marble.
  7. anything resembling marble in hardness, coldness, smoothness, etc.: a brow of marble.
  8. something lacking in warmth or feeling.
  9. a little ball made of stone, baked clay, glass, porcelain, agate, or steel, esp. for use in games.
  10. a game for children in which a marble is propelled by the thumb to hit another marble so as to drive it out of a circle drawn or scratched on the ground.
  11. normal rational faculties; sanity; wits; common sense: to have all one's marbles; to lose one's marbles.
—adj.
  1. consisting or made of marble.
  2. like marble, as in hardness, coldness, smoothness, etc.
  3. lacking in warmth, compassion, or sympathy: marble heart.
  4. of variegated or mottled color.
—v.t.
  1. to color or stain like variegated marble.
  2. to apply a decorative pattern to (paper, the edges of a book, etc.) by transferring oil pigments floating on water.

Mar•ble

Pronunciation: (mär'bul), [key]
  1. 1913–90, U.S. tennis player.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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