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Definition of dome

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


domed; doming

Definition of dome (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with a dome
2 : to form into a dome

intransitive verb

: to swell upward or outward like a dome

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domal \ ˈdō-​məl How to pronounce dome (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for dome

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of dome in a Sentence

Noun the dome of the Capitol building The team's new stadium is a dome.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And as of now, that's really the only option for humans to live on Mars – a dome. USA Today, "On a planet where you cannot breathe, is living on Mars the best idea?," 30 Dec. 2020 Past the entry, the eye is drawn upward to the dome of the three-story rotunda, which is made of stained glass. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Take a look at this home in University Park’s Volk Estates neighborhood with a three-story rotunda," 12 Dec. 2020 This is Farah Parsa’s variation on the traditional Iranian dish tahchin, saturated with the flavor of saffron, cumulus-light from the addition of yogurt and with a dome of tahdig, the crisp layer of rice formed on the bottom of the pot. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "The 101: These L.A. takeout pop-ups are meeting the moment and forging a future," 8 Dec. 2020 Wildfires that are raging in parts of California will have favorable weather conditions to grow on Monday, as a dome of heat will allow record heat this week. Adam Klotz, Fox News, "Wildfire threat simmers in California as red flag warnings stretch through state," 28 Sep. 2020 The city was sitting under the dome of hot air encouraging record fires across the American West (see article). The Economist, "Weather and climate change How weird weather can span the world," 12 Sep. 2020 Mahomes took a beating from pass rushers who dealt him 11 hits inside the New Orleans dome. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Saints win up front but Mahomes-led Chiefs still NFL’s top team," 20 Dec. 2020 It is estimated that the temperature rise inside the dome on the hottest days will never be more than five degrees. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Wonders of Astronomy: The Cutting Edge Space Telescope...of 1939," 17 Dec. 2020 Molly Joyce is among of the most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome. Washington Post, "For composer Molly Joyce, disability is no barrier to virtuosity," 13 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chicago-area restaurants desperate to keep outdoor dining alive amid plummeting temperatures and new coronavirus restrictions are flooding tent and dome rental companies with inquiries. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Tents and domes are the new must-have for restaurants during pandemic, but will outdoor dining work when it’s 20 degrees?," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dome


1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1876, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dome

: 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


\ ˈdōm How to pronounce dome (audio) \

Kids Definition of dome

1 : a rounded top or roof that looks like half of a ball
2 : a rounded structure An igloo is a dome of ice.


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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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