What are marbles?

  • (noun): A children's game played with little balls made of a hard substance (as glass).
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A marble is a small spherical toy usually made from glass, clay, steel, plastic or agate. These balls vary in size. Most commonly, they are about 1/2 inch to 1 inch (1.3 to 2.6 cm) in diameter, but they may range from less than 1/30 inch (0.111 cm) to over 3 inches (7.75 cm), while some art glass marbles for display purposes are over 12 inches (30 cm) wide. Marbles can be used for a variety of games called marbles. They are often collected, both for nostalgia and for their aesthetic colors. In the North of England the objects and the game are called "taws", with larger taws being called bottle washers after the use of a marble in Codd-neck bottles.

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Marbles - Games - Other
... Ker-Plunk, a game for two to four players involving marbles ... Hungry Hungry Hippos, a game for two to four players involving marbles Chinese Checkers, often called "Marble Checkers", a board game for two to six players using marbles as game ...
Stay Alive (game) - Gameplay
... Each player starts the game with a number of marbles in their own color ... player, players take turns placing their marbles onto the board until all marbles are placed ... in it and, as each is moved, the holes can align and allow marbles to fall through ...
Tommy Trouble And The Magic Marble - Reception
... relating to a story that ends with a game of marbles (does anyone play marbles these days?), but they'll still find lots to enjoy and think about ... saying that "it's unlikely that this slight story line will hold readers' interest, and while marbles still hold a certain fascination for this age group, they are way down on a list headed by Gameboys and Pokémon ...
Snoopy's Siblings - Marbles
... Marbles, reputedly the smartest of the siblings, is a spotted beagle whose few appearances in the comic strip were in 1982 from September 30 to October 9 ... Marbles plays the banjo ...
Stadium Checkers - Game Play
... Players begin the game by choosing one color of marble and placing them in the start positions on the outer-most ring on the board ... of the rings on the board and rotating it until one or more marbles drop to the next ring ... A player cannot choose a ring to rotate that does not have marbles adjacent to it, as marbles must be made to drop by twisting the ring on a player's turn ...

More definitions of "marbles":

  • (noun): The basic human power of intelligent thought and perception.
    Example: "He still had all his marbles and was in full possession of a lively mind"
    Synonyms: wits

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    These marbles, the works of the dreamers and idealists of old, live on, leading and pointing to good. They are the works of visionaries and dreamers, but they are realizations of soul, the representations of the ideal. They are grand, beautiful, and true, and they speak with a voice that echoes through the ages. Governments have changed; empires have fallen; nations have passed away; but these mute marbles remain—the oracles of time, the perfection of art.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)