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a combining form meaning “running,” “course,” “racecourse” (hippodrome); on this model used to form words referring to other large structures (airdrome).
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Origin of -drome
Combining form of Greek drómosdromos
Other definitions for -drome (2 of 2)
[ drohm ]
/ droʊm /
a department in SE France. 2,533 sq. mi. (6,560 sq. km). Capital: Valence.
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How to use -drome in a sentence
Lester flopped heavily, and skidded across the bottom of the 'drome.The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
Then the asas made another fetter, by one-half stronger, and this they called Drome.The Younger Edda|Snorre
This was where he would perhaps have been wise to have thrown up and returned to his 'drome.Air Men o' War|Boyd Cable
In the roughest weather, when even within the distant breakwater the Sound is turbulent, the sea-drome is calm as a duck-pond.
Connie was to leave the sea-drome at eight-thirty in that fine flying-liner Atlantis.
British Dictionary definitions for -drome (1 of 2)
n combining form
a course, racecoursehippodrome
a large place for a special purposeaerodrome
Word Origin for -drome
via Latin from Greek dromos race, course
British Dictionary definitions for -drome (2 of 2)
/ (French drom) /
a department of SE France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Valence. Pop: 452 652 (2003 est. Area: 6561 sq km (2559 sq miles)
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