Definition of marbling in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Colouring or marking that resembles marble, especially as a decorative finish for interior walls.

    ‘finishes like ragging, marbling, and stippling’
    [count noun] ‘French Shell, Antique, and a thousand other marblings’
    • ‘The artist mixes water with oil sometimes, so that, as the two liquids separate out on the canvas, a speckled effect of marbling is achieved.’
    • ‘The marbling could also be painted on the back of a framing pane of glass, which was then attached to the mirror glass.’
    • ‘Paper is applied and takes up the colour so that the whole, the marbling on the page is the thing we remember, not the tubes of paint containing the separate raw colours.’
    • ‘The case has the same decoration of painted marbling on a light brown ground, and the stand is marbled in grey on black.’
    1. 1.1Streaks of fat in lean meat.
      ‘a degree of marbling in the meat’
      • ‘Scientists at Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Centre in the US have recently found a genetic marked for potential tenderness and marbling in beef cattle.’
      • ‘Beef marbling, muscling and flavor vary across all breeds.’
      • ‘Standard grade carcasses have the least marbling.’
      • ‘They also found that higher levels of marbling were preferred for loin steaks but discounted in chuck roasts.’
      • ‘Invariably, the marbling is exquisite, but the central motive for Wagyu breeders over the centuries is softness.’
      • ‘He offers this simple tenderloin - quickly sautéed to sear the outside but not melt the marbling inside - for a special holiday meal.’
      • ‘This is cut a little long, but has good marbling.’
      • ‘The quality grading system is based on skeletal maturity and marbling in an attempt to classify animals of similar eating quality.’
      • ‘Eric recommends choosing a ‘secondary’ cut like scotch, porterhouse or rump - something with a bit of marbling in it - for tenderness and flavour.’
      • ‘What makes a rib eye the most perfectly flavored cut of beef is all that marbling.’
      • ‘Cattle producers are continually searching for alternative methods of producing beef with marbling, but with a minimum of external finish and carcass seam fat.’
      • ‘And the result is pork with denser marbling, unequaled tenderness and noticeably more natural flavor.’
      • ‘Although the USDA quality grading system is an indicator of the level of marbling, consumers do not perceive it as such.’
      • ‘The brisket is thinly sliced and rolled, displaying its beautiful marbling.’
      • ‘This is because the current grading system pays top dollar for beef that contains more marbling - and might be more tender - despite consumer preference for lean beef.’
      • ‘The marbling was perfect and my knife slid through the flesh like it was butter.’
      • ‘A mass of cells, ‘grown’ on rubbery sheets of nutrified jelly, it will have no structure, no marbling, no resemblance to a ‘cut’ we'd ever get from a butcher.’
      • ‘The back ribs lack the moistness of the marbling, so the peppery rub cuts a bit harder.’
      • ‘Discounts for higher levels of marbling reflect this particular program where leanness is preferred and certainly are not reflective of national wholesale beef markets.’
      • ‘Breeding cows for beef is often slow because the qualities of a top-grade cut, marbling and tenderness, are unknown until after a cow is slaughtered.’