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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 domal (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 From the Roman columns of the Palazzo Versace to the Ottoman domes of Zabeel Saray, Dubai has built a collection of monuments to attract tourists. Zainab Fattah,, "Dubai Hotels May Cut 30% of Jobs Until Demand Recovers: STR," 29 May 2020 The large-scale weather pattern shift late this week will flip the East from shivering under a southward bulge of the polar vortex to sweating beneath a growing dome of high pressure. Kevin Myatt, Washington Post, "History shows hot weather follows May frost in D.C. area without fail," 14 May 2020 As the Navy squadron made its way north, the little black dots in the sky disappeared behind the big white dome of AT&T Stadium, then appeared again just past Globe Life Park. Dallas News, "‘Every little thing helps’ as Arlington hospital workers take a break for Blue Angels flyover," 6 May 2020 The carefree spreading of megawatts of unused light into the night sky has led to a pale dome of illumination above every population center. Christopher Preston, Smithsonian, "How Cities and Lights Drive the Evolution of Life," 26 Nov. 2019 The media coverage also soured, with scientists outside the dome questioning the project's legitimacy. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Spaceship Earth' takes a strange trip inside Biosphere 2, an early experiment in quarantine," 7 May 2020 For starters, Sonos built bespoke components from the ground up, customizing everything from the silk dome tweeters to the oval bass speakers at the ends of the unit. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Sonos Announces New Arc Sound Bar for Your Shelter-at-Home Theater Needs," 6 May 2020 The domes, West tells GQ, were inspired by an Anish Kapoor piece on the wall of the Kardashian-West home in Calabasas. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Here's What We Know About Kanye West's "Yeezy Campus" in Wyoming," 15 Apr. 2020 The most visible part of Barrett’s arena design for 2020 is the purple-and-gold bunting that stretches from the top of the dome out to the balcony rails. Michael Dumas, al, "’Unified decorations’ frame Mardi Gras performance art," 24 Feb. 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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4 Jun 2020

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“Dome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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