\ 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 The roof of the dome was designed to accommodate the halo, not the other way around. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 18 Sep. 2021 In the 2019 competition, the top Erie Hack prize went to a team called TACSO, which stands for trap and contain storm water objects, for the development of a geodesic dome that catches garbage before if flows into Lake Erie. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 The Capitol’s leafy grounds, a park-like favorite spot for people to snap photos in front of the iconic dome, would typically see few lawmakers or staff on a Saturday. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2021 That neighborhood, ironically known as Congress Heights, is within sight of the Capitol dome. George J. Terwilliger Iii, National Review, 1 Aug. 2021 First the researchers used a laser pointer to direct the seals to where the rim of the dome met the water nearest to Sirius, the Dog Star. New York Times, 29 July 2021 This rain will be from thunderstorms developing on the outer periphery of the dome of very hot and humid weather setting up across much of the Central US. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 26 July 2021 The booster used Wednesday was previously used on seven other launches, and each half of the rocket's fairing — the dome-shaped cap atop the rocket that protects the satellites during launch — were also used on previous missions. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 30 June 2021 Today, with a new winery on a hill in sight of the famous dome soaring over the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Graetz has fruit from 80 hectares of vineyards (about 198 acres) to work with. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 6 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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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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23 Sep 2021

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“Dome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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


\ 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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