Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A community or territory over which a sovereign rules; a kingdom.
  • noun An area or sphere, as of knowledge or activity: synonym: field.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A royal jurisdiction or extent of government; a king's dominions; a kingdom.
  • noun Figuratively, a jurisdiction or domain in general; a sphere of power, influence, or operation; province; arena.
  • noun In zoögeog., a prime division of the earth's surface; a faunal area of the largest extent; a zoölogical region of the first order.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A royal jurisdiction or domain; a region which is under the dominion of a king; a kingdom.
  • noun Hence, in general, province; region; country; domain; department; division.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An abstract sphere of influence, real or imagined.
  • noun The domain of a certain abstraction.
  • noun A territory or state, as ruled by a specific power, and particularly those territories ruled by a king.

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

  • noun a domain in which something is dominant
  • noun the domain ruled by a king or queen
  • noun a knowledge domain that you are interested in or are communicating about

Etymologies

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

[Middle English realme, from Old French, alteration (influenced by Old French reial, royal) of Latin regimen, government, from regere, to rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French reaume, realme ("kingdom"), of unclear origins. A postulated *rēgālimen, Late Latin cross of regimen with rēgālis is usually cited.

Examples

  • It is the realm of _psychical life_; and, still more decidedly and more evidently, the _realm of mind_.

    The Theories of Darwin and Their Relation to Philosophy, Religion, and Morality

  • A series of recent mind-bending laboratory experiments has given scientists an unprecedented peek behind the quantum veil, confirming that this realm is as mysterious as imagined.

    Thor's Day

  • In one, the seams are sealed so tight that they are imperceptible; the realm is a closed system, without portals or rifts; it has no contact with any other realms; there is no crosshatching between alternative (i.e. temporal) elsewhens or palimpsesting of alterior (i.e. nomological) elsewhens; everything takes place within that realm.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: Seams

  • In one, the seams are sealed so tight that they are imperceptible; the realm is a closed system, without portals or rifts; it has no contact with any other realms; there is no crosshatching between alternative (i.e. temporal) elsewhens or palimpsesting of alterior (i.e. nomological) elsewhens; everything takes place within that realm.

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  • The subconscious never sleeps and this realm is a vast resource for a writer.

    Hypnosis for Writer’s Block « Write Anything

  • And in his pursuit of truth, he ventured beyond science and religion to what he called the realm of mysticism.

    Savage Peace

  • And in his pursuit of truth, he ventured beyond science and religion to what he called the realm of mysticism.

    Savage Peace

  • And in his pursuit of truth, he ventured beyond science and religion to what he called the realm of mysticism.

    Savage Peace

  • And to actually go to what we call a realm, because the queen is head of state of New Zealand and to undertake engagements on behalf of her is the first step in his grooming for kingship.

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  • These four adjectives, cosmic, universal, material, and infinite are almost interchangeable, and apply, as we see, to that realm of the non-individual existence which we call the realm of the substantial death.

    Fantasia of the Unconscious

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  • You slept better in a sleeping train in a shed in a station

    With a torch and a Woman's Realm to keep you warm,

    To keep you company.

    (Women's realm, by Belle and Sebastian)

    September 16, 2008