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Etymology [ edit ]
and Anglo-Norman Old French , from marbre Latin , from marmor Ancient Greek μάρμαρος ( mármaros ), perhaps related to μαρμάρεος ( marmáreos, “ gleaming ” ). Much of the early classical marble came from the 'Marmaris' sea above the Aegean. The forms from French replaced Old English , which had previously been borrowed from Latin. marma
Pronunciation [ edit ]
marble ( , countable and uncountable plural ) marbles
( uncountable ) A rock of crystalline limestone.
1751, Thomas Morell (librettist), :
marble jaws, O tomb / And hide me, earth, in thy dark womb.
( countable ) A small spherical ball of rock, glass, ceramic or metal used in games and races.
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terms derived from
Translations [ edit ]
mermer (ku) , m مهڕمهڕ Latin:
мермер m ( mérmer ) Maltese:
irħam m Manx:
marmyr m Maori:
мермер ( mermer ) Norwegian:
marmor (no) m Occitan:
, marbre marme , m maubre m Persian:
مرمر (fa) ( marmar ), رخام (fa) ( roxām ) Polish:
marmur (pl) m Portuguese:
mármore (pt) m Romanian:
marmură (ro) f Romansch:
marmel m Russian:
мра́мор (ru) m ( mrámor ) Sardinian:
, màrmuri màrmuru , m mràmuri Scottish Gaelic:
marmor m Serbo-Croatian:
мрамор , m мермер m Roman:
mramor (sh) , m mermer (sh) m Sicilian:
màrmuru (scn) m Spanish:
mármol (es) m Swedish:
marmor (sv) c Tagalog:
, batumbuhay marmol Turkish:
mermer (tr) Ukrainian:
мармур m ( mármur ) Uyghur:
مەرمەر ( mermer ) Venetian:
màrmaro , m marmo , m màlmaro , m marmor m Volapük:
maboin (vo) Welsh:
marmor m Yiddish:
מאַרמאָר m ( marmor ), מאַרמער m ( marmer ), מירמל m ( mirml )
շարիկ ( šarik ) Biatah Bidayuh:
ကျောက်ဒိုး (my) ( kyaukdui: ) Catalan:
bala (ca) f Chinese:
波子 ( bo 1 zi 2 ) Hakka:
圓珠仔 ( yèn-chû-é ) Mandarin:
彈珠 , (zh) 弹珠 (zh) ( dànzhū ), 彈子 , (zh) 弹子 (zh) ( dànzi ) Czech:
kulička (cs) , f kuličky f pl Dutch:
knikker (nl) m Finnish:
marmorikuula , (fi) , lasikuula pissikivi French:
bille (fr) f German:
Murmel (de) f Irish:
mirlín (ga) m Italian:
biglia , f pallina f Japanese:
ビー玉 ( bī-dama ) Korean:
구슬 ( guseul ) Kurdish:
tebel (ku) , f xar (ku) , f ههڵمات Macedonian:
џамлија f ( džámlija ) Malay:
, ݢولي , ݢوندو , جاکا کلرڠ Rumi:
, guli , gundu , jaka kelerang
klinkekule (no) m, f Persian:
تک (fa) ( tak ), تیله (fa) ( tile ) Polish:
kula (pl) , f kulka (pl) f Portuguese:
bola de gude , f berlinde m Russian:
ша́рик (ru) m ( šárik ), марбл m ( marbl ) Scottish Gaelic:
marbal , m drillean , m mirleag , f triuirean m Serbo-Croatian:
кликер m Roman:
kliker (sh) m Spanish:
canica (es) , f balita (es) f ( Paraguay ), bola (es) f ( Cuba , Dominican Republic , Ecuador , Peru , Southern Spain ), bola de cristal f ( Colombian regional usage ), bola de vidrio f ( Puerto Rico ), boliche (es) m ( Canary Islands ), bolincha f ( Costa Rica ), bolindre m ( Southwestern Spain ), bolita (es) f ( Argentina , Bolivia , Chile , Uruguay ), cachina f ( Bolivia ), chibola (es) f ( El Salvador , Honduras , Nicaragua , Guatemala ), mable m ( Honduras ), maule (es) m ( Honduras , Northern Nicaragua ), mebli (es) m ( Southern Spain ), metra f ( Venezuela ), picha (es) f ( Eastern Venezuela ) Swedish:
kula (sv) , c spelkula c Tagalog:
misket , (tr) bilye (tr) Volapük:
glöpil (vo) Welsh:
marblen , f marblys f pl
marble ( third-person singular simple present , marbles present participle , marbling simple past and past participle ) marbled
( transitive ) To cause (something to have) the streaked or swirled appearance of certain types of marble, for example by mixing viscous ingredients incompletely, or by applying paint or other colorants unevenly.
1774, William Hutchinson, An excursion to the lakes in Westmoreland and Cumberland, August, 1773, page 29:
The small clouds which chequered the sky, as they passed along, spread their flitting shadows on the distant mountains, and seemed to
marble them; a beauty which I do not recollect has struck any painter.
1899, Thirteenth Annual Report of the Commissioner of Labor, volume 1, page 106:
In the operation of
marbling the edges of the books, [...]
( intransitive ) To get or have the streaked or swirled appearance of certain types of marble, for example due to the incomplete mixing of viscous ingredients, or the uneven application of paint or other colorants.
2007, Alicia Grosso, The Everything Soapmaking Book: Recipes and Techniques, page 125:
Scent the entire batch and then color half with the blue colorant. Pour both parts back into your soap pot. Do not stir. Pour in a circular motion into a block mold. The pouring action will cause the soap to
( transitive ) To cause meat, usually beef, pork, or lamb, to be interlaced with fat so that its appearance resembles that of marble.
1848, Samuel D. Martin, in a letter to the Albany Cultivator, quoted in the Fourteenth Annual Report of the Ohio State Board of Agriculture (for the year 1859; published 1860), page 157:
Their flesh is soft (tender), and they throw a portion of their fat among the lean so as to
marble it. The beef is of a better quality and they take on fat much easier.
1904, Annual Report of the Wisconsin State Board of Agriculture for the year 1903, page 309:
The Merino sheep is likely to put his weight largely into tallow around the stomach, intestines and on his kidneys, instead of mixing fairly with the meat, instead of
marbling the meat.
2004, Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Encyclopedia of kitchen history, page 684:
Either by forcing the lardoon out with a plunger, by pushing it with a knife point, or by trailing it behind the needle, the cook artificially
marbles the meat. For French cooks intent on larding, traditionally, the choice fat was the lard gras (pork fat).
( intransitive , of meat, especially beef ) To become interlaced with fat; ( of fat ) to interlace through meat.
1999, Kathleen Jo Ryan, Deep in the heart of Texas: Texas ranchers in their own words, page 99:
We've gone mostly to black bulls — Angus bulls because today the packers like black cattle. They seem to
1974, Rising cost of meat: hearings before the Subcommittee on Domestic Marketing and Consumer Relations:
As we feed these cattle corn their meat marbles. By marbling, I mean the red meat cells are surrounded with fat
1978, Theodore Carroll Byerly, The role of ruminants in support of man:
... claims probably stem from people having eaten beef from older, thinner animals which had rarely had enough excess energy in their diet to cause the meat to marble.
( by extension , figuratively ) To lace or be laced throughout.
1972, Sondra Gotlieb, The Gourmet’s Canada, page 129:
The exercising of the cattle causes the fat to
marble right through the animal — and much of the flavour is found in the fat.
1993, Susan Napier, Winter of Dreams, page 52:
Was he the reason for the bitterness that seemed to
marble her character?
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to cause to have the streaked appearance of marble
to get the streaked appearance of marble
to cause meat to be interlaced with fat
to become interlaced with fat
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Adjective [ edit ]
marble ( comparative , more marble superlative ) most marble
Made of, or resembling, marble.
a marble mantel; marble paper
( figuratively ) Cold; hard; unfeeling.
a marble heart
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