- 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.
verb (used with object), domed, dom·ing.
verb (used without object), domed, dom·ing.
Origin of dome
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
From deep within, looking up at the tropical sky is like staring through the dome of some kind of earthen cathedral.
Alas, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler has already said that if Extant is a hit like Dome, it will return next year.
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|DAILY BEAST
Local bigwig Jim Rennie (Dean Norris), a used-car salesman and councilman, looks to use the dome to seize control of the town.
Above the actual dome is the Golden Gallery, and then the lantern, roofed with a dome bearing the ball and cross.The Cathedrals of Great Britain|P. H. Ditchfield
He40 was unsymmetric as a court dwarf with scythe-snath spine and a dome on his shoulder.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches|Henry A. Castle
Isn't there any door or window in this dome that we could open?Glinda of Oz|L. Frank Baum
The crossing of the nave and transept is covered with a dome carried on squinches, which dates from the first building.
The agent waved at me, stony-faced, the conveyor belt trundled me outside the dome, and I kicked the weary rocket into life.The Risk Profession|Donald Edwin Westlake
British Dictionary definitions for dome
- a structure in which rock layers slope away in all directions from a central point
- another name for pericline (def. 2)
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.