- a flat, thumbsized, rectangular block, the face of which is divided into two parts, each either blank or bearing from one to six pips or dots: 28 such pieces form a complete set.
- dominoes, (used with a singular verb) any of various games played with such pieces, usually by matching the ends of pieces and laying the dominoes down in lines and angular patterns.
Origin of domino1
- a large, hooded cloak with a mask covering the eyes, worn at masquerades.
- the mask.
- a person wearing such dress.
Origin of domino2
Related Words for dominoesvisor, veil, cloak, camouflage, blind, visage, show, disguise, aspect, pretext, facade, affectation, air, hood, concealment, veneer, semblance, masquerade, screen, pose
Examples from the Web for dominoes
Contemporary Examples of dominoes
So, again, I hope the Democrats in the Senate take note of the dominoes that are tumbling here because they stood together.The Party of No Flirts With Yes as Mitch McConnell’s Grip on the GOP Slips
July 19, 2013
They then laid out the cutouts in order like dominoes and shot it in one long take.Adam Levine, Grizzly Bear & More of the Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
February 1, 2013
Underneath, empty Hennessy bottles are piled up alongside flowers and candles, and nearby, men play heated games of dominoes.Triple Homicide Near Columbia University Leaves Few Clues
June 16, 2012
Ex-CIA officer Bruce Riedel on why other dominoes may fall—and how U.S. policy just got more complicated.Crossroad for Arab Dictators
January 15, 2011
Historical Examples of dominoes
I can see the dominoes with my fingers—touch is just as good as sight.
Henceforth nothing could be heard but the jingle of dominoes.Therese Raquin
He did not so much as lift his eyes from the dominoes beneath his fingers.Once to Every Man
For some reason or other we did not begin that game of dominoes.Heart of Darkness
"We want to try on our dominoes," Sally said, rather taken aback.Phyllis
- (functioning as singular) any of several games in which matching halves of dominoes are laid together
- a small rectangular block used in dominoes, divided on one side into two equal areas, each of which is either blank or marked with from one to six dots
- (modifier) exhibiting the domino effecta domino pattern of takeovers
Word Origin for domino
- a large hooded cloak worn with an eye mask at a masquerade
- the eye mask worn with such a cloak
Word Origin for domino
- Fats. real name Antoine Domino born 1928, US rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll pianist, singer, and songwriter. His singles include "Ain't that a Shame" (1955) and "Blueberry Hill" (1956)
the usual form when referring to the game played with dominoes, c.1800; see domino.
1801, from French domino (1771), perhaps (on comparison of the black tiles of the game) from the meaning "hood with a cloak worn by canons or priests" (1690s), from Latin dominus "lord, master" (see domain), but the connection is not clear. Klein thinks it might be directly from dominus, "because he who has first disposed his pieces becomes 'the master.' " Metaphoric use in geopolitics is from April 1954, first used by U.S. President Eisenhower in a "New York Times" piece, in reference to what happens when you set up a row of dominos and knock the first one down.