Meaning of DOME in English


— domelike , adj.

/dohm/ , n. , v. , domed, doming .


1. Archit.

a. a vault, having a circular plan and usually in the form of a portion of a sphere, so constructed as to exert an equal thrust in all directions.

b. a domical roof or ceiling.

c. a polygonal vault, ceiling, or roof.

2. any covering thought to resemble the hemispherical vault of a building or room: the great dome of the sky.

3. anything shaped like a hemisphere or inverted bowl.

4. (in a dam) a semidome having its convex surface toward the impounded water.

5. Crystall. a form having planes that intersect the vertical axis and are parallel to one of the lateral axes.

6. Geol. upwarp.

7. Also called vistadome . Railroads. a raised, glass-enclosed section of the roof of a passenger car, placed over an elevated section of seats to afford passengers a full view of scenery.

8. Horol. an inner cover for the works of a watch, which snaps into the rim of the case.

9. a mountain peak having a rounded summit.

10. Slang. a person's head: I wish I could get the idea into that thick dome of yours.


11. to cover with or as if with a dome.

12. to shape like a dome.


13. to rise or swell as a dome.

[ 1505-15; dome duomo domus ( Dei ) house (of God), church; akin to TIMBER ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .