from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A vaulted roof having a circular, polygonal, or elliptical base and a generally hemispherical or semispherical shape.
  • n. A geodesic dome.
  • n. A domelike structure, object, or natural formation.
  • n. Chemistry A form of crystal with two similarly inclined faces that meet at an edge parallel to the horizontal axis.
  • n. Slang The human head.
  • n. Archaic A large, stately building.
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with a dome.
  • transitive v. To shape like a dome.
  • intransitive v. To rise or swell into the shape of a dome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A common structural element of architecture that resembles the hollow upper half of a sphere, a cupola.
  • n. Anything shaped like an upset bowl, often used as a cover, e.g. a cake dome.
  • n. head (including the meaning 'oral sex')

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A building; a house; an edifice; -- used chiefly in poetry.
  • n. A cupola formed on a large scale.
  • n. Any erection resembling the dome or cupola of a building; as the upper part of a furnace, the vertical steam chamber on the top of a boiler, etc.
  • n. A prism formed by planes parallel to a lateral axis which meet above in a horizontal edge, like the roof of a house; also, one of the planes of such a form.
  • n. Decision; judgment; opinion; a court decision.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A building; a house; especially, a stately building; a great hall; a church or temple.
  • n. In architecture, a cupola; a vault upon a plan circular or nearly so; a hemispherical or approximately hemispherical coving of a building.
  • n. This restricted application of the term arose from the fact that the churches of Italy were almost universally built with a cupola at the intersection of the nave and the transept, or over the sanctuary. In some instances dome may refer equally well to the church or cathedral, or to the cupola which is its most conspicuous feature.
  • n. Anything shaped like a cupola.
  • n. The dome-shaped part of the roof of an astronomical observatory, placed over a telescope.
  • n. In crystallography, a form whose planes intersect the vertical axis, but are parallel to one of the lateral axes: so called because it has above or below a horizontal edge like the roof of a house; also, one of the faces of such a form.
  • To furnish or cover with a dome; give the shape of a dome to.
  • An obsolete form of doom.
  • n. In geology, an anticlinal fold whose axis equals or approximates a point; an anticlinal fold with quaquaversal dip. Domes are most commonly produced by laccoliths, but they may be due to intersecting folds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stadium that has a roof
  • n. a hemispherical roof
  • n. informal terms for a human head
  • n. a concave shape whose distinguishing characteristic is that the concavity faces downward


From French dôme, dome, cathedral (from Italian duomo, cathedral, from Latin domus, house; see dem- in Indo-European roots) and from French dôme, roof (from Provençal doma, from Greek dōma, house; see dem- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin doma. Compare French dôme. (Wiktionary)



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