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dome

noun \ ˈdōm \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of dome

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

domal

play \ˈdō-məl\ adjective

Examples of dome in a Sentence

  1. the dome of the Capitol building

  2. The team's new stadium is a dome.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

dome Synonyms

Synonyms
bean, block [slang], head, mazard (or mazzard) [chiefly dialect], nob, noddle, noggin, noodle, nut [slang], pate, poll
Related Words
cranium, crown, scalp, skull; occiput

Other Architecture Terms


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dome

verb

Definition of dome

domed; doming
transitive verb
1 : to cover with a dome
2 : to form into a dome
intransitive verb
: to swell upward or outward like a dome

First Known Use of dome

1876


DOME Defined for English Language Learners

dome

noun

Definition of dome for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

dome

noun \ ˈdōm \

Definition of dome for Students

1 : a rounded top or roof that looks like half of a ball
2 : a rounded structure
  • An igloo is a dome of ice.

Medical Dictionary

dome

noun \ ˈdōm \

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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