American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An oval or round structure having tiers of seats rising gradually outward from a central open space or arena.
- n. An arena where contests and spectacles are held.
- n. A level area surrounded by upward sloping ground.
- n. An upper, sloping gallery with seats for spectators, as in a theater or operating room.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anc. Rom. arch., an edifice devoted to the exhibition of gladiatorial contests and the combats of wild beasts. Such edifices were elliptical in form, and consisted of a central area or arena, surrounded by a wall, from which, sloping upward and outward, were rows of seats for the spectators. The earliest amphitheaters were made of wood; the first built of stone date from the time of Augustus. The Colosseum or Flavian amphitheater at Rome was the largest of all the ancient amphitheaters, being capable of containing from 80,000 to 90,000 persons. Those at Nimes and Verona are among the best examples remaining. The dimensions of the latter are 505½ by 403 feet, with a height of 100 feet.
- n. Anything resembling an amphitheater in form, as an oval or circular building with seats rising behind and above each other around a central open space, or a natural area surrounded by rising ground; in horticulture, a sloping arrangement of shrubs and trees.
- n. The uppermost gallery of a modern theater.
- n. US A semi-circular acoustic backdrop behind performers for an outdoor venue.
- n. historical A completely circular outdoor arena; a classic European amphitheatre.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An oval or circular building with rising tiers of seats about an open space called the arena.
- n. Anything resembling an amphitheater in form; as, a level surrounded by rising slopes or hills, or a rising gallery in a theater.
- n. an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
- n. a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)
- Middle English amphitheatre, from Latin amphitheātrum, from Greek amphitheātron : amphi-, amphi- + theātron, theater; see theater. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If the amphitheater is delayed, he surely wants to keep people from blaming the T.J. Center for unrelated construction delays.”
“The amphitheater is going to be a great space with a great lineup of acts.”
“A massive open-air amphitheater is a permanent fixture on the side of the Fortín hill which overlooks the north west quadrant of the city.”
“Nestling at the foot of this mountain amphitheater, and washed by the bay, straggling lengthways and up and down, is Funchal, with its brilliant white houses and green facings glittering in the sun.”
“I just posted the photo of you orating from the "amphitheater" - as you'll recall a somewhat featureless landscape; at any rate you can see the pic here on my photostream:”
“Though it’s looked like the amphitheater is nowhere close to being ready in time, yesterday the concrete slab was poured, leaving the installation of the roof and some seats.”
“The amphitheater, which is paneled in maple wood strips, can be closed off behind a 16-foot-wide garage door, an homage to the site's former incarnation as a parking facility.”
“The urns, carved with eagles, serpents and rams' heads, were a key part of the amphitheater, which is adjacent to the Tomb of the Unknowns.”
“Those now will be taken in the coffin, as you pointed out, a horse drawn cason (ph), which will move from the amphitheater, which is rarely used, by the way of the last used in 1950 for a service like this.”
“The amphitheater was a white inferno capped by a shield seething at maximum output.”
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