Definition of dome
1 archaic : a stately building : mansion
2 : a large hemispherical roof or ceiling
3 : a natural formation or structure that resembles the dome or cupola of a building
4 : a form of crystal composed of planes parallel to a lateral axis that meet above in a horizontal edge like a roof
5 : an upward fold in rock whose sides dip uniformly in all directions
6 : a roofed sports stadium
7 : a person's head
domalplay \ˈdō-məl\ adjective
Examples of dome in a Sentence
the dome of the Capitol building
The team's new stadium is a dome.
Recent Examples of dome from the Web
In the video, the Arkansas Capitol dome can be seen lit against the night sky as the Dodge Dart accelerates … ‘
Secret Hideaway: Tvísöngur: an amazing sculpture of concrete domes, seen as a visualization of the Icelandic five-tone-harmony musical tradition.
Montreal’s legacy, along with Habitat, is a massive geodesic dome on Île-Sainte-Hélène, designed by Buckminster Fuller, which served as the American pavilion in 1967.
The city tore down the former Natural Ovens dome, which was abandoned in 2012, after receiving it from Porter County in February 2014.
Four of the five brightest stars currently seen from Earth are readily visible in the celestial dome.
The sphere at the top will stand about 59 feet tall, putting the top of the dome 499 feet above the street.
Listen to Pink Floyd, Lady Gaga, The Beatles and more while watching laser light visuals in the dome of the Frost Planetarium.
Feeding the U.S. image of Russian self-satisfaction, Time Magazine’s latest cover shows the White House being swallowed up by the Kremlin’s red brick walls and the onion domes of St. Basil’s cathedral.
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Origin and Etymology of dome
French, Italian, & Latin; French dôme dome, cathedral, from Italian duomo cathedral, from Medieval Latin domus church, from Latin, house; akin to Greek domos house, Sanskrit dam
First Known Use: 1513See Words from the same year
Definition of dome
1 : to cover with a dome
2 : to form into a dome
: to swell upward or outward like a dome
First Known Use of dome
DOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dome for English Language Learners
: a large rounded roof or ceiling that is shaped like half of a ball
: a structure that looks like the dome of a building
: a stadium that is covered by a roof
DOME Defined for Kids
Definition of dome for Students
1 : a rounded top or roof that looks like half of a ball
2 : a rounded structure An igloo is a dome of ice.
Medical Definition of dome
: a rounded-arch element in the wave tracing in an electroencephalogram the spike and dome pattern characteristic of absence seizures
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