dome

noun
\ 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

dome

verb
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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Other Words from dome

Noun

domal \ ˈdō-​məl How to pronounce domal (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for dome

Synonyms: Noun

bean, block [slang], head, mazard (or mazzard) [chiefly dialect], nob, noddle, noggin, noodle, nut [slang], pate, poll

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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

InSight is carrying two main instruments: a dome-shape package containing seismometers and a heat probe that is to burrow about 16 feet down. Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times, "Mars landing is a nail-biter for Redmond rocket engineers," 26 Nov. 2018 China has sought to strengthen its claim to the South China Sea by building seven islands on reefs and equipping them with military facilities such as airstrips, radar domes and missile systems. Fox News, "China criticizes US B-52 bomber missions as 'provocative'," 27 Sep. 2018 Among the most scenic is the Alaska Railroad, which has served the state since 1903 and introduced a first-class GoldStar service—with glass-dome ceilings and full-service dining—in 2007. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 First built in 1955, Amtrak's Great Dome Car has been used on routes across the country ever since, and is the only dome car still in service. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "The Prettiest Fall Train Trip in the U.S. Starts at Just $53," 29 June 2018 Even in the game's early state, RoR2 already enjoys a solid spread of class types, and their specific powers feel all the more crucial as combat can now fill your entire dome of vision, as opposed to focused platforms in a 2D level. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast," 9 Sep. 2018 This 7,210-square-foot home includes an observation deck on the top of a silo with a 360-degree rotating dome and Celestron telescope. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A London Rental Reaches for the Stars," 5 Sep. 2018 With a huge and unseasonably warm dome of high pressure over our area, Chicago will experience near record heat Sunday into Monday. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Near record heat here; flooding rains along the Gulf Coast," 27 May 2018 The Jordanian side, which boasts a church complex with a golden dome, is known as Al Maghtas, Arabic for baptism, or as Bethany beyond the Jordan. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Clearing Land Mines From the Spot Where Jesus Is Said to Have Been Baptized," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dome

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1876, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dome

Noun

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

noun

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

dome

noun
\ 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.

dome

noun
\ ˈdōm How to pronounce dome (audio) \

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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