The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Marvelous \Mar"vel*ous\, a. [OE. merveillous, OF. merveillos, F.
Merveilleux. See Marvel, n.] [Written also marvellous.]
1. Exciting wonder or surprise; astonishing; wonderful.
This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our
eyes. --Ps. cxiii.
2. Partaking of the character of miracle, or supernatural
power; incredible; so improbable as to defy belief.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
The marvelous fable includes whatever is
supernatural, and especially the machines of the
The marvelous, that which exceeds natural power, or is
preternatural; that which is wonderful; -- opposed to the
Syn: Wonderful; astonishing; surprising; strange; improbable;
Usage: Marvelous, Wonderful. We speak of a thing as
wonderful when it awakens our surprise and admiration;
as marvelous when it is so much out of the ordinary
course of things as to seem nearly or quite