- the vault of heaven; sky.
Origin of firmament
Examples from the Web for firmament
Contemporary Examples of firmament
The reader leaves with a better sense of the firmament and frontline fights occurring in the current independent movement.Political Independents: The Future of Politics?
September 23, 2012
But his disappearance from the Washington firmament does not mean that the work he used to do is being left undone.David’s Book Club: ‘Capitol Punishment’
March 23, 2012
Historical Examples of firmament
But now came a cloud which swallowed every other in my firmament.Wilfrid Cumbermede
The troop of the stars was posted in the immeasurable deeps of the firmament.A Spirit in Prison
In the great days, presentiments hover before me in the firmament.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In all the firmament of poetry there was no star to outshine his.William Shakespeare
Samuel Levy Bensusan
The firmament rang with laughter as the other candidates panted up.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- the expanse of the sky; heavens
Word Origin for firmament
mid-13c., from Latin firmamentum "firmament," literally "a support or strengthening," from firmus "firm" (see firm (adj.)), used in Vulgate to translate Greek stereoma "firm or solid structure," which translated Hebrew raqia, a word used of both the vault of the sky and the floor of the earth in the Old Testament, probably literally "expanse," from raqa "to spread out," but in Syriac meaning "to make firm or solid," hence the erroneous translation.