domino effect

noun

Definition of domino effect

: a cumulative effect produced when one event initiates a succession of similar events — compare ripple effect

Examples of domino effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to providing a moment of calm in a busy day, learning to adapt an attitude of attentiveness can set off a domino effect of other positive reactions. Molly Stevens, Houston Chronicle, "Finding calm in the kitchen isn’t always easy. Here’s how to start.," 3 Dec. 2019 If successful, the lawsuit could spark a domino effect of legal action from other communities, including others in New Jersey, upstate New York and as far away as North Carolina that have complained about the SOTA vouchers. New York Times, "They Ended Up in Decrepit Housing in Newark. Is New York to Blame?," 3 Dec. 2019 In addition to providing a moment of calm in a busy day, learning to adapt an attitude of attentiveness can set off a domino effect of other positive reactions. Molly Stevens, Washington Post, "Finding calm in the kitchen isn’t always easy. Here’s how to start.," 11 Nov. 2019 Starting safety Reshad Jones and center Daniel Kilgore were also out due to injuries, causing a domino effect of lineup changes for the Dolphins on both sides of the football. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Ryan Fitzpatrick believes he can lead youthful Dolphins through rebuild process this season," 20 Oct. 2019 At times, she’s seen a domino effect of businesses leaving simply because others have left. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "Union Square, SF’s shopping hotspot, struggles as stores close," 3 Oct. 2019 Semans credited his success courting much of the rest of the field to a sort of domino effect. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "In Iowa, Democrats Court the Long-Overlooked Native American Vote," 21 Aug. 2019 The behind-the-scenes digital domino effect illustrates how websites like 8chan rely on a complex network of internet infrastructure companies that are unseen by most people but are crucial to keeping these sites around. New York Times, "Behind the Scenes, 8chan Scrambles to Get Back Online," 5 Aug. 2019 His research focuses on trophic cascade, which is the domino effect of habitat loss and ecological crisis caused by changes in the numbers of predators and prey within a food chain. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "11,000+ Scientists Declare Climate Emergency," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of domino effect

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Domino effect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/domino%20effect. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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domino effect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of domino effect

: a situation in which one event causes a series of similar events to happen one after another

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