dome

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noun

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 adjective

dome

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verb

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

Example Sentences

Noun the dome of the Capitol building The team's new stadium is a dome.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Interstellar Lab’s first product is BioPod—an inflatable dome where temperature, humidity, and the oxygen and carbon dioxide content of the air can be carefully monitored and controlled. WIRED, 1 Dec. 2022 Another major plus is its vented dome cover, which gives the option of steaming, roasting, and even baking—a feature other flat top grills lack. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 1 Dec. 2022 And do at least one meal inside the private, 360-degree glass dining dome at Fairmont Banff Springs. Kathryn Romeyn, Men's Health, 30 Nov. 2022 Weather won’t be an issue this evening, as tonight marks the first dome game of the season for New England, and the first game completely inside (with the roof closed) since Dec. 18, 2021, when the Patriots faced the Colts in Indianapolis. Christopher Price, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Nov. 2022 While the dome sits in St. Louis city, county taxpayers helped pay for it. Jim Salter, Chicago Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 Soarin’ Over California lifts riders in the air in front of an 80-foot projection dome that offers breathtaking video of California’s natural and man-made beauties. Noah Goldbergstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022 This collectible set includes authentic details of the exemplary architectural feat that is the Taj Mahal, like the main dome and four minarets. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 22 Nov. 2022 Alaska newspapers and magazines offered ads for build-it-yourself dome kits. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2022
Verb
The project will run from the existing part of the park, which includes the current portion of the pond built in 2017 and the bridge to Top Golf and will run down to the food village and dome next to the Orion Amphitheater. Scott Turner | Sturner@al.com, al, 3 Nov. 2022 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, chicagotribune.com, 30 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1876, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dome was in 1513

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Cite this Entry

“Dome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dome. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

dome

1 of 2 noun
1
: a large rounded roof or ceiling shaped like half of a ball
2
: a structure or natural formation that resembles the dome of a building
rock domes
3
: a roofed sports stadium

dome

2 of 2 verb
domed; doming
1
: to cover with or as if with a dome
2
: to form into or swell upward or outward like a dome

Medical Definition

dome

noun
: a rounded-arch element in the wave tracing in an electroencephalogram
the spike and dome pattern characteristic of absence seizures

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