dome

noun
\ ˈdōm How to pronounce dome (audio) \

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

dome

verb
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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Other Words from dome

Noun

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

Synonyms for dome

Synonyms: Noun

bean, block [slang], head, mazard (or mazzard) [chiefly dialect], nob, noddle, noggin, noodle, nut [slang], pate, poll

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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.

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The roughly 50-acre estate, at 8387 Ford Road, includes a private observatory with a rotating dome, a two-story library, a theater, a wine cellar, six heated and cooled garages and a separate carriage house connected via underground tunnel. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Ann Arbor-area's Dogwood Manor to be auctioned off for minimum $1.6M," 15 June 2019 Karen and Bagel receive guests inside a plastic dome, where Bagel is curled up on a blue blanket atop a high table. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Meet Sunglass Cat, an Instagram star with an eye-opening message of acceptance," 11 June 2019 The club made a $22 million investment in the CIBC Fire Pitch, a North Side of Chicago facility with two full-size fields and an inflatable dome, where the team can also train. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Numbers Behind 2019 MLS Ambition Rankings: Eastern Conference Clubs," 10 June 2019 Book way in advance to score the large, two-story dome, with a nine-foot slide from the lofted bedroom. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "10 Amazing Glamping Spots in North America," 6 June 2019 There is perhaps no more enduring symbol of the futuristic American home than the geodesic dome, patented by architect Buckminster Fuller in 1954, then popularized in the ’60s and ’70s. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "Back to the Futuristic Home," 2 Apr. 2019 Your doctor may also put a dye called fluorescein into your eyeball to temporarily tint abnormal, infected areas of your cornea (the dome of thin tissue covering part of your eye). Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "So, You Got Semen in Your Eye. Here's What to Do," 1 Mar. 2019 Even a temporary inflatable dome — not that FIFA would allow one — would probably run $15 million to $21 million. Cameron Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Should we let Robert Kraft bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Boston?," 5 June 2018 Kachi Lodge puts a cool spin on glamping, housing guests in futuristic-looking luxe domes spread across the salt flat. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "The Kachi Lodge Stargazing Dome Offers a Next-Level Glamping Experience," 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of dome

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1876, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dome

Noun

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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dome

noun

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

dome

noun
\ 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.

dome

noun
\ ˈdōm How to pronounce dome (audio) \

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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