dome

noun
\ ˈdōm \

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 \ 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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kreuzkogel, its peak, climbs to 2,686 meters and is topped with a beloved glass and aluminum geodesic dome designed by architect Gerhard Garstenauer. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 For many Muslims, that has meant the destruction of Middle Eastern-style domes on some mosques and buildings, as well as other religious motifs, efforts to block some Muslims from fasting during Ramadan and a ban on minors taking religious classes. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Applies Xinjiang’s Policing Lessons to Other Muslim Areas," 23 Dec. 2018 Bourgeois/Lechasseur Architects designed a luxury eco-lodge outside of Quebec that consists of three very stylish domes perching on a mountain. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can rent these modern geodesic domes nestled in a forest," 15 Nov. 2018 Its architecture of four minarets and nine domes tipped with crescent moons would be at home anywhere in the Islamic world, save for the large red and yellow Chinese flags fluttering from the ramparts and the wide central staircase. Sam Mcneil, Fox News, "China blames local officials for protest over mosque razing," 30 Aug. 2018 Two domes will seal giant, high-pressure tanks that carry satellite fuel. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Lockheed Martin Is 3D-Printing Giant Titanium Space Parts," 12 July 2018 But at the end of summer, SpaceX gave Go Searcher a suite of upgrades — including the addition of a helipad and a radar dome — to make sure the boat can swiftly recover Dragon capsules that carry astronauts back to Earth. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s helipad-equipped boat will bring astronauts safely home," 5 Nov. 2018 For example, Chicago reportedly might have had to build a dome over Soldier Field. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Hosting 2026 World Cup would cost Seattle millions, but almost all money would be recovered, city says," 22 Oct. 2018 No one has ever raised more than a half-million dollars to build an invisible school based on a business plan that no one has ever seen, housed in a building that doesn’t exist, on land that is hidden under a Wakanda-like camouflage dome. Michael Harriot, The Root, "10 ‘Heroes’ Who Should Win Awards Before Donald Trump Gets a Nobel Peace Prize," 3 May 2018

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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 \

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

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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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