\ 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


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

Other Words from dome


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 But to get that waste from the metal dome into the algae ponds, scientists need a go-between. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2022 There’s no denying that kids’ toys have gotten more innovative over the years, and this dome swing set is no exception. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2022 During application, its pointed dome shape allowed for blending in tight spaces like under the eyes and around the corners of the nose, while the base was great for larger areas like the cheeks, chin, and forehead. Madison Yauger,, 16 May 2022 The sea cave, often compared to a cathedral because of its impressive size and dome-like interior, has two entrances formed by the constant crashing of the waves against the limestone cliffs. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2022 The winner of each division moved into the dome to compete in the World Finals Tournament. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 12 May 2022 Since Saturday, there’s been little to guide its motion, but a heat dome building to its northwest will put it inland over the next few days. Jason Samenow And Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 Alejandro Clemente González was talking with an electrician while preparing for weekend services at Cuba's most important Baptist church when an enormous explosion shook the building and shattered the 19th century dome towering far above the pews. Andrea RodrÍguez, ajc, 12 May 2022 The show was a part of the legendary group’s ongoing 30th anniversary domestic dome and stadium tour. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Other 270 awnings, like the AluCab Shadow Awning ($1,500), avoid this by using clever fabric spreaders that dome the fabric to prevent pooling. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 10 Apr. 2021 This most recent push has focused on sapping public sector workers’ collective bargaining rights, in particular, like the bill that led thousands of union members to peacefully occupy Wisconsin’s capitol dome in 2011. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 25 Jan. 2021 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,, 30 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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“Dome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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