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domino effect

Definition:

the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Plural:

domino effects

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

alluding to a row of dominoes, each standing on end, all of which fall when one ...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Domino effect

a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then causes another similar change, and so on in linear sequence. The term is best known as a mechanical effect, and is used as an analogy to a falling row of... (46 of 154 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Domino effect

Wiktionary:

domino effect | domino theory [synonym, sense-specific]

The situation in which one event sets off a chain of additional events. | [politics, historical] The theory that, if South Vietnam fell to Communism, it would be followed by Cambodia, Laos, and additional South Asian countries. (36 of 37 words, 2 definitions, 2 images)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/domino effect

Collins Dictionary:

domino effect

a series of similar or related events occurring as a direct and inevitable result of one initial event (18 of 465 words, 7 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/domino-effect

American Heritage Dictionary:

domino effect

A cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events (14 of 54 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/domino-effect

Macmillan British Dictionary:

domino effect [singular]

a situation in which one event causes a whole series of other events to happen one after the other (19 of 45 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/domino-effect

Merriam-Webster:

domino effect

a cumulative effect produced when one event initiates a succession of similar events (13 of 37 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/domino effect

Oxford Dictionary:

domino effect

the effect of the domino theory (6 of 31 words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/domino-effect

Random House Dictionary:

domino effect | domino reaction [synonym]

the cumulative effect that results when one event precipitates a series of like events. (14 of 20 words)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/domino-effect

Britannica Encyclopedia:

event [occurrence]

notion that became of singular importance in the philosophical speculation about relativity physics. The best-known analyses are those of the ... (20 of 71 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/197129​/event

Cambridge Dictionary:

the upshot | upshot

something which happens as a result of other actions, events or decisions (12 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/the-upshot

New World Dictionary:

upshot

the conclusion; result; outcome (4 of 15 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/upshot

Encarta Dictionary:

domino effect

an inevitable succession of related and usually undesirable events, each caused by the preceding one. domino theory (17 of 44 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861689235​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

domino effect

First use: 20th century

Origin: alluding to a row of dominoes, each standing on end, all of which fall when one is pushed: originally used with reference to possible Communist ... (27 of 33 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/domino-effect

American Heritage Dictionary:

domino effect

Origin: From the fact that a row of dominoes stood on end will fall in succession if the first one is knocked over.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/domino-effect

Wiktionary:

domino effect

Origin: An allusion to a row of dominoes in which the fall of one leads to a cascade of falling pieces

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/domino effect

Encarta Dictionary:

domino effect

Origin: Because dominoes set up in a row fall in sequence once the first has fallen

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861689235​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

domino effect [singular]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "domino effect"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/domino-effect

Macmillan American Dictionary:

domino effect [singular]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "domino effect"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/domino-effect

Google Dictionary:

domino effect | domino effects [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "domino effect"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=domino effect

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