- 1 [mass noun] A hard crystalline metamorphic form of limestone, typically white with coloured mottlings or streaks, which may be polished and is used in sculpture and architecture: the spotless white marble of the Taj Mahal [as modifier]: a marble floorMore example sentences
- She walked through her kitchen and down the hall to the foyer, which was complete with white marble flooring and a crystal chandelier.
- The room was painted pearl white which happened to match the polished marble floor.
- The floors were made from highly polished white marble that appeared to be as new as the day it had been set down.
- 1.1Used figuratively to refer to something with the smoothness, hardness, or colour of marble: her shoulders were as white as marbleMore example sentences
- Translucent waves, coloured like green marble, arched for impact on crenulated rocks.
- A cold slab of marble had replaced a smooth hand he once saw.
- It felt as smooth as marble and had the intense burning cold as ice.
- 1.2 [count noun] A marble sculpture: a pair of dramatic marbles showing dogs attacking a buckMore example sentences
- Within that huge space, the marbles will be arrayed around the outside of a rectangular structure that is the same length and width as the Parthenon.
- Of the outstanding figures of the period, Henry Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel, was the first to collect marbles seriously.
- Sciberras excels in his evaluation of evidence and in technical matters such as the precise identification of all the various marbles.
- 2A small ball of coloured glass or similar material used as a toy.More example sentences
- For Irving, I bought a one dollar sack of glass marbles.
- Drive-by vandals hurling rocks and marbles at glass shopfronts are forcing business owners to fear for their safety and bear the cost of thousands of dollars in repairs.
- Fill martini glasses with BBs or marbles, leaving 1/2 inch at the top of the glass.
- 2.1 (marbles) [treated as singular] A game in which marbles are rolled along the ground with the aim of hitting those of one’s opponent: a couple of girls were playing marblesMore example sentences
- Outdoor games like marbles, jacks, hopscotch not only occupy your kids, they will also strengthen coordination skills.
- Pupils at Seend School did most of the organisation for the event themselves and thought of ideas for games, including a treasure hunt, marbles and lucky dips.
- She kept herself busy playing whip a top, hoopla, marbles, hopscotch, hide and seek and oranges and lemons.
- 3 (one's marbles) • informal One’s mental faculties: I thought she’d lost her marbles, asking a question like thatMore example sentences
- But as Nietzsche discovered, incessant philosophical thought can also damage one's marbles.
- There's no hope for him now because he's lost his marbles and has gone completely crazy.
- His friends thought it would be a laugh, but they never expected him to stay for almost a year and they start to wonder if he's lost his marbles.
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- Stain or streak (something) so that it looks like marble: the stone walls were marbled with moss and lichenMore example sentences
- It looks good if you marble it instead of beating it in completely.
- The way that the effects people make the dummies look eerily life like is astonishing - everything from puncturing in real hair to marbling the skin is done.
- Its breath, coming as wind, swirls and marbles the planetary surface, changing the patterns of the clouds.
pick up one's marbles and go home
- North American • informal Withdraw petulantly from an activity after having suffered a setback: he’s now picking up his marbles and going home because his political career is in tattersMore example sentences
- I would hope he would recognize that this is not an appropriate location, pick up his marbles and go home, but we've long since given up hope on that.
- And when he does not get his way threatens to pick up his marbles and go home.
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- It is part of a joint exhibition with the Painting Craft Teachers' Association and the wonderful pieces will be displayed alongside work by some of the country's best contemporary grainers and marblers.
- Its continued use was confined largely to the monumental brass trade which was controlled by the marblers ' guild until well into the 16th century.
- In 1853, Charles Woolnough, an English marbler, published a book exposing the mysteries of marbling.
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- Lifting one shoulder in a slight shrug, Eric watched the plump, juicy strawberries fall from his hand into the marbly mixture of ice and yoghurt and dried blood with a dim sort of fascination.
- When I think of those marbly black pebbles on our beach, it almost makes me hungry, for what they represent, that is.
- The two of them were in a small room made of some kind of marbly stone.
Middle English: via Old French (variant of marbre), from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros 'shining stone', associated with marmairein 'to shine'.