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a. A metamorphic rock formed by alteration of limestone or dolomite, often irregularly colored by impurities, and used especially in architecture and sculpture.
b. A piece of this rock.
c. A sculpture made from this rock.
2. Something resembling or suggesting metamorphic rock, as in being very hard, smooth, or cold: a heart of marble; a brow of marble.
3. Games
a. A small hard ball, usually of glass, used in children's games.
b. marbles(used with a sing. verb) Any of various games played with marbles.
4. marbles Slang Common sense; sanity: completely lost his marbles after the stock market crash.
5. Marbling.
tr.v. mar·bled, mar·bling, mar·bles
To mottle and streak (paper, for example) with colors and veins in imitation of marble.
1. Composed of metamorphic rock: a marble hearth.
2. Resembling metamorphic rock in consistency, texture, venation, color, or coldness.

[Middle English marbre, marble, from Old French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros, of unknown origin.]

mar′bly adj.


1. (Games, other than specified) (functioning as singular) a game in which marbles are rolled at one another, similar to bowls
2. (functioning as plural) informal wits: to lose one's marbles.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marbles - a children's game played with little balls made of a hard substance (as glass)marbles - a children's game played with little balls made of a hard substance (as glass)
child's game - a game enjoyed by children
2.marbles - the basic human power of intelligent thought and perception; "he used his wits to get ahead"; "I was scared out of my wits"; "he still had all his marbles and was in full possession of a lively mind"
intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
ألعاب بالكُكَل المَرْمَرِيَّه
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(ˈmaːbl) noun
1. a kind of hard, usually highly polished stone, cold to the touch. This table is made of marble; (also adjective) a marble statue.
2. a small hard ball of glass used in children's games. The little boy rolled a marble along the ground.
ˈmarbled adjective
having irregular streaks of different colours, like some types of marble. marbled stonework.
ˈmarbles noun singular
any of several games played with marbles. The boys were playing marbles.
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He said marble collecting has changed significantly since those schoolyard days.
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