1.a small ball of glass that is used in various games
2.a sculpture carved from marble
3.a hard crystalline metamorphic rock that takes a high polish; used for sculpture and as building material
1.paint or stain like marble"marble paper"
1.(MeSH)Carbonic acid calcium salt (CaCO3). An odorless, tasteless powder or crystal that occurs in nature. It is used therapeutically as a phosphate buffer in hemodialysis patients and as a calcium supplement.
1.a children's game played with little balls made of a hard substance (as glass)
2.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"
MarbleMar"ble (mär"b'l), n. [OE. marbel, marbre, F. marbre, L. marmor, fr. Gr. ma`rmaros, fr. marmai`rein to sparkle, flash. Cf. Marmoreal.]
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.
☞ Breccia marble consists of limestone fragments cemented together. -- Ruin marble, when polished, shows forms resembling ruins, due to disseminated iron oxide. -- Shell marble contains fossil shells. -- Statuary marble is a pure, white, fine-grained kind, including Parian (from Paros) and Carrara marble. If coarsely granular it is called saccharoidal.
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 glass, marble, porcelain, or of some other hard substance, used as a plaything by children; or, in the plural, a child's game played with marbles.
☞ Marble is also much used in self-explaining compounds; when used figuratively in compounds it commonly means, hard, cold, destitute of compassion or feeling; as, marble-breasted, marble-faced, marble-hearted.
1. Made of, or resembling, marble; as, a marble mantel; marble paper.
2. Cold; hard; unfeeling; as, a marble breast or heart.
MarbleMar"ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Marbled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Marbling (?).] [Cf. F. marbrer. See Marble, n.] To stain or vein like marble; to variegate in color; as, to marble the edges of a book, or the surface of paper.
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Marble (n.) [MeSH]
pierre calcaire (fr)[Classe]
matériau utilisé en maçonnerie (fr)[DomainDescrip.]
boule et ballon de jeu (fr)[Classe]
petite chose (fr)[ClasseParExt.]
(marble; taw; ball)[Thème]
chose en verre (fr)[ClasseParExt.]
marble; taw; ball[ClasseHyper.]
chose en pierre (fr)[ClasseParExt.]
petite chose (fr)[ClasseParExt.]
support d'écriture ancienne (fr)[ClasseParExt.]
arme blanche projectile (fr)[Classe]
matière du sculpteur (fr)[DomainDescrip.]
matériau utilisé en maçonnerie (fr)[DomainDescrip.]
toil; labor; labour; employment; work; job; vocation; trade; craftsmanship; workmanship; professional skill; profession; occupation; business; line of work; line; career; calling; professional activity; professional duty[Classe]
faculté de l'esprit (fr)[Classe]
strength; force; might; mightiness; power[ClasseParExt.]
qualité du caractère (fr)[Classe...]
cleverness; intelligence; wit; wits; marbles; brain[ClasseHyper.]
qualité du Dieu chrétien (métaphysique) (fr)[ClasseParExt.]
The word "marble" derives from the Greek "μάρμαρον" (mármaron), from "μάρμαρος" (mármaros), "crystalline rock", "shining stone", perhaps from the verb "μαρμαίρω" (marmaírō), "to flash, sparkle, gleam". This stem is also the basis for the English word marmoreal, meaning "marble-like."
Whilst the English term resembles the French marbre, most other European languages (e.g. Spanish mármol, Italian marmo, Portuguese mármore, German, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish marmor, Armenian marmar, Dutch marmer, Polish marmur, Turkish mermer, Czech mramor and Russian мрáмор ) follow the original Greek.
Marble is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock. Metamorphism causes variable recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains.
The resulting marble rock is typically composed of an interlocking mosaic of carbonate crystals. Primary sedimentary textures and structures of the original carbonate rock (protolith) have typically been modified or destroyed.
Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of a very pure (silicate-poor) limestone or dolomite protolith. The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone.
Green coloration is often due to serpentine resulting from originally high magnesium limestone or dolostone with silica impurities. These various impurities have been mobilized and recrystallized by the intense pressure and heat of the metamorphism.
Examples of historically notable marble varieties and locations:
|Coral red marble||red, white lines||Tongshan County, Hubei, China||China|
|Emperador dark marble||dark nets||Tongshan County, Hubei, China||China|
|Orange marble||orange, white lines||Tongshan County, Hubei, China||China|
|Imperial wood vein marble||yellow,wood vein||Tongshan County, Hubei, China||China|
|Tiger skin marble||tiger skin||Tongshan County, Hubei, China||China|
|Black marquina marble||black, white lines||Tongshan County, Hubei, China||China|
|Lotus green marble||green and white color, lotus shape||Tongshan County, Hubei, China||China|
|Gold jade marble||dark, golden lines||Tongshan County, Hubei, China||China|
|Brown marble||gray, white lines||Tongshan County, Hubei, China||China|
|Bucova marble||white, gray||Băuţar, Caraş-Severin County (applied in Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa)||Romania|
|Carrara marble||white or blue-gray||Carrara||Italy|
|Creole marble||white and blue/black||Pickens County, Georgia||United States|
|Ziarat white marble||Pure white||Ziarat Region||Pakistan|
|Badal marble||Grey, grayish white||Balochistan||Pakistan|
|Boticena marble||Various colors and textures||Balochistan||Pakistan|
|Etowah marble||pink, salmon, rose||Pickens County, Georgia||United States|
|Macael marble||white||Macael, Almeria||Spain|
|Murphy marble||white||Pickens and Gilmer Counties, Georgia||United States|
|Parian marble||pure-white, fine-grained||Island of Paros||Greece|
|Pentelic marble||pure-white, fine-grained semitranslucent||Penteliko Mountain, Athens||Greece|
|Purbeck marble||Grey/brown||Isle of Purbeck||United Kingdom|
|Ruskeala marble||white||near Ruskeala, Karelia||Russia|
|Sienna marble||yellow with violet, red, blue or white veins||near Siena, Tuscany||Italy|
|Bianco Sivec||white||near Prilep||Republic of Macedonia|
|Swedish green marble||green||near Kolmården, Södermanland||Sweden|
|Sylacauga marble||white||Talladega County, Alabama||United States|
|Tennessee marble||pale pink to cedar-red||Knox, Blount and Hawkins Counties, Tennessee||United States|
|Vermont marble||white||Proctor, Vermont||United States|
|Yule marble||uniform pure white||near Marble, Colorado||United States|
|Wunsiedel marble||white||Wunsiedel, Bavaria||Germany|
|Skye marble||white||Isle of Skye||Scotland|
White marble has been prized for its use in sculptures since classical times. This preference has to do with its softness, relative isotropy and homogeneity, and a relative resistance to shattering. Also, the low index of refraction of calcite allows light to penetrate several millimeters into the stone before being scattered out, resulting in the characteristic waxy look which gives "life" to marble sculptures of the human body.
Construction marble is a stone which is composed of calcite, dolomite or serpentine which is capable of taking a polish. More generally in construction, specifically the dimension stone trade, the term "marble" is used for any crystalline calcitic rock (and some non-calcitic rocks) useful as building stone. For example, Tennessee marble is really a dense granular fossiliferous gray to pink to maroon Ordovician limestone that geologists call the Holston Formation.
According to the United States Geological Survey, U.S. dimension marble production in 2006 was 46,400 tons valued at $18.1 million, compared to 72,300 tons valued at $18.9 million in 2005. Crushed marble production (for aggregate and industrial uses) in 2006 was 11.8 million tons valued at $116 million, of which 6.5 million tons was finely ground calcium carbonate and the rest was construction aggregate. For comparison, 2005 crushed marble production was 7.76 million tons valued at $58.7 million, of which 4.8 million tons was finely ground calcium carbonate and the rest was construction aggregate. U.S. dimension marble demand is about 1.3 million tons. The DSAN World Demand for (finished) Marble Index has shown a growth of 12% annually for the 2000–2006 period, compared to 10.5% annually for the 2000–2005 period. The largest dimension marble application is tile.
Pakistan is one of the largest marble exporters of the world  with exports totaling to around a 100,000 tonnes per annum. China is the chief importer of marble, specifically Pakistani marble, with imports amounting to more than 70,000 tonnes in a single calendar year.
Marble dust is combined with cement or synthetic resins to make reconstituted or cultured marble. The appearance of marble can be simulated with faux marbling, a painting technique that imitates the stone's color patterns.
As the favorite medium for Greek and Roman sculptors and architects (see classical sculpture), marble has become a cultural symbol of tradition and refined taste. Its extremely varied and colorful patterns make it a favorite decorative material, and it is often imitated in background patterns for computer displays, etc.
Places named after the stone include Marblehead, Ohio; Marblehead, Massachusetts; Marble Arch, London; the Sea of Marmara; India's Marble Rocks; and the towns of Marble, Minnesota; Marble, Colorado; Marble Falls, Texas, and Marble Hill, Manhattan, New York. The Elgin Marbles are marble sculptures from the Parthenon that are on display in the British Museum. They were brought to Britain by the Earl of Elgin.
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