- marble [mär′bəl]n.[ME marble, marbre < OFr marbre < L marmor < Gr marmaros, white stone, orig. boulder (meaning infl. by marmairein, to shine) < IE base * mer-, to rub > MARE3]1. a hard, crystalline or granular, metamorphic limestone, white or variously colored and sometimes streaked or mottled, which can take a high polish: it is much used in building and sculpture2.a) a piece or slab of this stone, used as a monument, inscribed record, etc.b) a piece of sculpture in marble3. anything resembling or suggesting marble in hardness, smoothness, coldness, coloration, etc.4.a) a little ball of stone, glass, or clay, used in gamesb) [pl., with sing. v.] a children's game in which a marble is propelled by the thumb at other marbles, usually in an attempt to drive them out of a marked circle5. a marbled pattern; marbling6. [pl.] Slang mental soundness; sanity; wits [to lose one's marbles]adj.1. made or consisting of marble2. like marble in some way; hard, cold, smooth, white, etc., or streaked, mottled, etc.vt.marbled, marblingto stain or color (book edges) to look mottled or streaked like marble——————☆ go for all the marblesSlang to take a great risk in the hope of a great gainmarblyadj.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.