- a vault, having a circular plan and usually in the form of a portion of a sphere, so constructed as to exert an equal thrust in all directions.
- a domical roof or ceiling.
- a polygonal vault, ceiling, or roof.
- any covering thought to resemble the hemispherical vault of a building or room: the great dome of the sky.
- anything shaped like a hemisphere or inverted bowl.
- (in a dam) a semidome having its convex surface toward the impounded water.
- Crystallography. a form having planes that intersect the vertical axis and are parallel to one of the lateral axes.
- Geology. upwarp.
- Also called vistadome. Railroads. a raised, glass-enclosed section of the roof of a passenger car, placed over an elevated section of seats to afford passengers a full view of scenery.
- Horology. an inner cover for the works of a watch, which snaps into the rim of the case.
- a mountain peak having a rounded summit.
- Slang. a person's head: I wish I could get the idea into that thick dome of yours.
- to cover with or as if with a dome.
- to shape like a dome.
- to rise or swell as a dome.
Origin of dome
Examples from the Web for dome
Contemporary Examples of dome
The dome could be rebuilt by 2021 if work stays on schedule, according to workers at the site.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 18, 2014
From deep within, looking up at the tropical sky is like staring through the dome of some kind of earthen cathedral.What Made Mexico’s Most Mysterious Beach?
October 14, 2014
Alas, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler has already said that if Extant is a hit like Dome, it will return next year.Surprise! Halle Berry’s Career Is ‘Extant’
July 9, 2014
The Hebrew word used in Genesis for the sky is “raqia” which means “bowl” or “dome.”Evangelicals Still Don’t Know What to Do With the Big Bang
Karl W. Giberson
March 23, 2014
Local bigwig Jim Rennie (Dean Norris), a used-car salesman and councilman, looks to use the dome to seize control of the town.‘Under the Dome’ Is One Eerie TV Show
June 24, 2013
Historical Examples of dome
My saloon luckily has a dome, and under the dome we placed it.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
No doubt the prelate had good-naturedly offered to conduct them to the dome.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The dome on the new court-house is expected to be completed by Domesday.
The weight of the drum and dome rests on the pendentives and dome-arches.
But in the application of the dome the true pendentive is used.
- a hemispherical roof or vault or a structure of similar form
- something shaped like this
- crystallog a crystal form in which two planes intersect along an edge parallel to a lateral axis
- a slang word for the head
- a structure in which rock layers slope away in all directions from a central point
- another name for pericline (def. 2)
- to cover with or as if with a dome
- to shape like a dome
Word Origin for dome
Word Origin and History for dome
"round, vaulted roof," 1650s, from French dome (16c.), from Provençal doma, from Greek doma "house, housetop" (especially a style of roof from the east), related to domos "house" (see domestic).
In the Middle Ages, German dom and Italian duomo were used for "cathedral" (on the notion of "God's house"), so English began to use this word in the sense "cupola," an architectural feature characteristic of Italian cathedrals. Used in U.S. also with reference to round summits of mountains.
- A circular or elliptical area of uplifted rock in which the rock dips gently away, in all directions, from a central point.
- A wedge-shaped mineral crystal that has two nonparallel, similarly inclined faces that intersect along a plane of symmetry.