Marble vs Race - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between marble and race

is that marble is to cause (something to have) the streaked or swirled appearance of certain types of marble, for example by mixing viscous ingredients incompletely, or by applying paint or other colorants unevenly while race is .

As adjectives the difference between marble and race

is that marble is made of, or resembling, marble while race is distinguished; classy.

As a noun marble

is (uncountable) a rock of crystalline limestone.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • (uncountable) A rock of crystalline limestone.
  • * 1751 , (Thomas Morell) (librettist), :
  • Open thy marble jaws, O tomb / And hide me, earth, in thy dark womb.
  • (countable) A small spherical ball of rock, glass, ceramic or metal used in children's games.
  • Quotations

    * 1871 , Marion Harland, Common sense in the household: a manual of practical housewifery , page 127: *: Veal Marble . Boil a beef-tongue the day before it is to be used, and a like number of pounds of lean veal; [...]

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  • To cause (something to have) the streaked or swirled appearance of certain types of marble, for example by mixing viscous ingredients incompletely, or by applying paint or other colorants unevenly.
  • * 1774 , William Hutchinson, An excursion to the lakes in Westmoreland and Cumberland, August, 1773 , page 29:
  • The small clouds which chequered the sky, as they passed along, spread their flitting shadows on the distant mountains, and seemed to marble them; a beauty which I do not recollect has struck any painter.
  • * 1899 , Thirteenth Annual Report of the Commissioner of Labor , volume 1, page 106:
  • In the operation of marbling the edges of the books, [...]
  • To get the streaked or swirled appearance of certain types of marble, for example due to the incomplete mixing of viscous ingredients, or the uneven application of paint or other colorants.
  • * 2007 , Alicia Grosso, The Everything Soapmaking Book: Recipes and Techniques , page 125:
  • Scent the entire batch and then color half with the blue colorant. Pour both parts back into your soap pot. Do not stir. Pour in a circular motion into a block mold. The pouring action will cause the soap to marble .
  • To cause meat, usually beef, pork, or lamb, to be interlaced with fat so that its appearance resembles that of marble.
  • * 1848 , Samuel D. Martin, in a letter to the Albany Cultivator'', quoted in the ''Fourteenth Annual Report of the Ohio State Board of Agriculture (for the year 1859; published 1860), page 157:
  • Their flesh is soft (tender), and they throw a portion of their fat among the lean so as to marble it. The beef is of a better quality and they take on fat much easier.
  • * 1904 , Annual Report of the Wisconsin State Board of Agriculture for the year 1903 , page 309:
  • The Merino sheep is likely to put his weight largely into tallow around the stomach, intestines and on his kidneys, instead of mixing fairly with the meat, instead of marbling the meat.
  • * 2004 , Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Encyclopedia of kitchen history , page 684:
  • Either by forcing the lardoon out with a plunger, by pushing it with a knife point, or by trailing it behind the needle, the cook artificially marbles the meat. For French cooks intent on larding, traditionally, the choice fat was the lard gras (pork fat).
  • To become interlaced with fat.
  • * 1999 , Kathleen Jo Ryan, Deep in the heart of Texas: Texas ranchers in their own words , page 99:
  • We've gone mostly to black bulls — Angus bulls because today the packers like black cattle. They seem to marble better.
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  • Quotations

    * (English Citations of "marble") * 1972 , Sondra Gotlieb, The Gourmet’s Canada , page 129: *: The exercising of the cattle causes the fat to marble right through the animal — and much of the flavour is found in the fat. * 1993 , Susan Napier, Winter of Dreams , page 52: *: Was he the reason for the bitterness that seemed to marble her character?


    * (transitive) marbleize, marbelize

    Derived terms

    * marbling


    (en adjective)
  • Made of, or resembling, marble.
  • a marble''' mantel; '''marble paper
  • (figurative) Cold; hard; unfeeling.
  • a marble heart

    See also

    * ("marble" on Wikipedia)





    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) , (etyl) and (etyl) (m).


  • A contest between people, animals, vehicles, etc. where the goal is to be the first to reach some objective. Several horses run in a horse race , and the first one to reach the finishing post wins
  • The race around the park was won by Johnny, who ran faster than the others.
    We had a race to see who could finish the book the quickest.
  • * 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "[]," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
  • After days of intensifying pressure from runners, politicians and the general public to call off the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, city officials and the event’s organizers decided Friday afternoon to cancel the race .
  • A progressive movement toward a goal.
  • A fast-moving current of water, such as that which powers a mill wheel.
  • Swift progress; rapid course; a running.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The flight of many birds is swifter than the race of any beasts.
  • Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
  • * Milton
  • My race' of glory run, and ' race of shame.
  • Travels, runs, or journeys. (rfex)
  • The bushings of a rolling element bearing which contacts the rolling elements.
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  • To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest).
  • To compete against in such a race.
  • To move or drive at high speed.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author= Chico Harlan
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=30, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Japan pockets the subsidy … , passage=Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."}}
  • Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.
  • * 1891 (December) (Arthur Conan Doyle), The Man with the Twisted Lip :
  • "My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built."

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), of uncertain origin. According to philologist Gianfranco Contini,Devoto, Giacomo, Avviamento all'etimologia italiana , Mondadori. the Italian word comes from (etyl) (m) . Some authorities suggest derivation from (etyl) (m), (m), from earlier (m), . This, however, is difficult to support, since Italian (m) predates the Spanish word.Diez, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der romanischen Sprachen, "Razza." Another possible source is (etyl) . A fourth possibility is that the Italian razza'' derives from (etyl) ratio through an unattested intermediate form *''razzo .


    (wikipedia race)
  • A group of sentient beings, particularly people, distinguished by common heritage or characteristics:
  • # A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage.
  • #* 1913', Martin Van Buren Knox, ''The religious life of the Anglo-Saxon '''race
  • # A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common physical characteristics, such as skin color or hair type.
  • Race was a significant issue during apartheid in South Africa.
  • # (controversial usage) One of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species. See Wikipedia's article on .
  • #* {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
  • , author=(Jan Sapp) , title=Race Finished , volume=100, issue=2, page=164 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Few concepts are as emotionally charged as that of race'. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by ' race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological concept?}}
  • The Native Americans colonized the New World in several waves from Asia, and thus they are considered part of the same Mongoloid race .
  • # A large group of sentient beings distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage .
  • A treaty was concluded between the race''' of elves and the '''race of men.
  • #* 1898 , Herman Isidore Stern, The gods of our fathers: a study of Saxon mythology , page 15)
  • There are two distinct races of gods known to Norse mythology[.]
  • (biology) A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; (an informal term for) a subspecies.
  • A breed or strain of domesticated animal.
  • * Shakespeare
  • For do but note a wild and wanton herd, / Or race of youthful and unhandled colts, / Fetching mad bounds.
  • (figuratively) A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).
  • The advent of the Internet has brought about a new race of entrepreneur.
    Recent developments in artificial intelligence has brought about a new race of robots that can perform household chores without supervision.
  • Peculiar flavour, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavour.
  • * Shakespeare
  • a race of heaven
  • * Massinger
  • Is it [the wine] of the right race ?
  • Characteristic quality or disposition.
  • * Shakespeare
  • And now I give my sensual race the rein.
  • * Sir W. Temple
  • Some great race of fancy or judgment.
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    Derived terms
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    Etymology 3

    From (etyl), from (etyl) (m).


    (en noun)
  • A rhizome or root, especially of ginger.
  • * 1842 , Gibbons Merle, The Domestic Dictionary and Housekeeper's Manual , page 433:
  • On the third day after this second boiling, pour all the syrup into a pan, put the races of ginger with it, and boil it up until the syrup adheres to the spoon.




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    * '' Diez, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der romanischen Sprachen, "Razza." * Notes: English terms with multiple etymologies ----