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Definition of Marble


  1. A massive, compact limestone; a variety of calcite, capable of being polished and used for architectural and ornamental purposes. The color varies from white to black, being sometimes yellow, red, and green, and frequently beautifully veined or clouded. The name is also given to other rocks of like use and appearance, as serpentine or verd antique marble, and less properly to polished porphyry, granite, etc.
  2. A thing made of, or resembling, marble, as a work of art, or record, in marble; or, in the plural, a collection of such works; as, the Arundel or Arundelian marbles; the Elgin marbles.
  3. A little ball of marble, or of some other hard substance, used as a plaything by children; or, in the plural, a child's game played with marbles.
  4. Made of, or resembling, marble; as, a marble mantel; marble paper.
  5. Cold; hard; unfeeling; as, a marble breast or heart.
  6. To stain or vein like marble; to variegate in color; as, to marble the edges of a book, or the surface of paper.

Marble Quotations

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.

Your work is carved out of agony as a statue is carved out of marble.
Louise Bogan

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
Charles Spurgeon

Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.
Benjamin Franklin
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Marble Translations

marble in Danish is marmor
marble in Dutch is pilletje
marble in French is marbre
marble in German is Marmor
marble in Italian is pallina, marmo
marble in Norwegian is klinkekule
marble in Swedish is marmor, spelkula
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