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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Three years later, a tornado whipped across Windsor Locks, causing minor injuries to one person and destroying an inflatable sports dome. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Connecticut Has A Deadly History With Tornadoes," 18 May 2018 Within this geological dome, one man has worked off and on for nearly 40 years to transform it into a work of art of designed to bring the celestial to Earth. Scott Craven, azcentral, "What is artist James Turrell creating inside a Flagstaff crater? He's been at it for 40 years," 14 May 2018 The radars themselves, contained within white domes that look like giant golf balls, have been updated to scout for modern jets and bombers entering Alaska's air defense zones. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Erosion is creeping toward Alaska’s coastal radar sites," 20 Mar. 2018 But the fire in those women’s chants echoing through capitol domes is no surprise to this daughter of southern Kansas — where undervalued, uncompromising women in public school classrooms were my first heroes and models of principled defiance. Sarah Smarsh, The Cut, "The Uprising of Women in Red States Is Just Beginning," 14 Mar. 2018 The audiologist will typically work with a hearing aid company to produce the earbuds, which will either come with a cord to plug into your device or as inserts to replace your own pair’s rubber or foam domes. Amber Brenza, SELF, "Why Do My Earbuds Always Fall Out?," 4 Feb. 2018 Circle False Creek itself, waving to your fellow joggers and passing the glittering geometric dome at Science World before returning to the start by crossing the Burrard Street Bridge. Destination Canada, Bon Appetit, "Journey by the Sea: A Food Lover's Running Guide to Vancouver," 19 Mar. 2018 InSight is carrying two main instruments: a dome-shape package containing seismometers and a heat probe that is to burrow about 16 feet down. Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times, "Mars landing is a nail-biter for Redmond rocket engineers," 26 Nov. 2018 China has sought to strengthen its claim to the South China Sea by building seven islands on reefs and equipping them with military facilities such as airstrips, radar domes and missile systems. Fox News, "China criticizes US B-52 bomber missions as 'provocative'," 27 Sep. 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 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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