\ 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

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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 Earlier this month, a heat dome blanketed a large swath of the United States, fueling triple digit temperatures across the South and parts of the Midwest. Denise Chow, NBC News, 28 June 2022 Park is known for having a sanctuary shaped like the prow of a ship, with a massive copper dome on top that gives the building a distinctive silhouette. Steven Litt, cleveland, 28 June 2022 Those numbers come from a report Multnomah County released Sunday about 2021′s unprecedented heat dome, which claimed the lives of 69 residents. oregonlive, 27 June 2022 Underneath a heat dome, the air is pushed downward, clearing skies and allowing the hot summer sun to beat down. Washington Post, 25 June 2022 Bucky Fuller, the guy who invented the geodesic dome, made an interesting observation about ocean-going tankers, and what a challenge the engineers had in creating these huge ships. Jason Stahl, SPIN, 23 June 2022 Louisville National Weather Service meteorologist Dan McKeny said the heat dome that moves across the country is headed again for Louisville. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 20 June 2022 This clear bubble umbrella has a dome-shaped canopy, which provides more coverage than a traditional umbrella. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 The individual models have a dome-shaped top and a handle (above). Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Feb. 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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\ 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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