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firmaments

firmaments is a plural form of firmament

firmament

Definition:

the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected

Class:

location noun (spatial position)

Derivative:

firmamental

Plural:

firmaments

Type of:

surface » boundary » extremity » region

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Latin firmamentum "firmament", literally "a support or strengthening", from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Firmament

the sky, conceived as a solid dome. According to Genesis, God created the firmament to separate the "waters above" the earth from those below. The word is anglicised from Latin firmamentum, which appears in the Vulgate. The word "firmament" is first ... (41 of 1394 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Firmament

New World Dictionary:

firmament | firmamental [adjective, related]

the sky, viewed poetically as a solid arch or vault (10 of 32 words, pronunciations, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/firmament

Collins Dictionary:

firmament | heavens [synonym]

the expanse of the sky; heavens (6 of 502 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/firmament

Merriam-Webster:

firmament | heavens [synonym, sense-specific] | basis [synonym, sense-specific] | blue [synonym, sense-specific] | sky [synonym, sense-specific] | heaven [synonym, sense-specific] | high [synonym, sense-specific] | welkin [synonym, sense-specific] | midair [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the vault or arch of the sky; "heavens" | [obsolete] "basis" | the field or sphere of an interest or activity (19 of 101 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/firmament

Oxford Dictionary:

firmament | firmamental [derived]

Syllabification: (fir·ma·ment) | [literary] | the heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing. | a sphere or world viewed as a ... (22 of 68 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/firmament

firmament [literary] | firmamental [derived]

the heavens or sky (4 of 51 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/firmament

American Heritage Dictionary:

firmament | firmamental [adjective, related]

The vault or expanse of the heavens; the sky. (9 of 36 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/firmament

Wiktionary:

firmament | firmaments [plural] | basis [synonym, sense-specific]

[uncountable] The vault of the heavens; the sky. | [obsolete] basis. | The field or sphere of an interest or activity. | [archaic] In the geocentric Ptolemaic system, the eighth sphere, which carried the fixed stars. (33 of 34 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/firmament

Random House Dictionary:

firmament

the vault of heaven; sky. (5 of 10 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/firmament

Britannica Encyclopedia:

celestial sphere [astronomy]

the apparent surface of the heavens, on which the stars seem to be fixed. For the purpose of establishing coordinate systems to mark the positions of ... (26 of 86 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/101326​/celestial-sphere

Columbia Encyclopedia:

celestial sphere | celestial spheres

imaginary sphere of infinite radius with the earth at its center. It's used for describing the positions and motions of stars and other objects. For ... (25 of 103 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0811034​.html

Cambridge Dictionary:

heaven | the heavens | heavens

in some religions, the place, sometimes imagined to be in the sky, where ... | [informal] a situation that gives you great pleasure | "the heavens": ... (24 of 79 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/heaven

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sphere [countable] | spheres [plural]

[math] an object that is shaped like a ball | a particular area of interest, activity, work etc that is one of many parts of life | a group in society ... (29 of 130 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sphere

Encarta Dictionary:

firmament

the sky, considered as an arch (literary) | the world occupied by all the celebrities in a particular field such as the theater or sports (24 of 55 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861611694​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

firmament

First use: mid-13th century

Origin: Latin firmamentum "firmament", literally "a support or strengthening", from firmus "firm" (see "firm" (adjective)), used in Vulgate to ... (20 of 72 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=firmament

Wiktionary:

firmament | firmaments [plural]

Origin: English from the 13th century. From Latin firmāmentum (from firmō ("strengthen"), from firmus ("firm")), literally "that which strengthens or supports". The term is coined in the Vulgata in imitation of LXX... (31 of 72 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/firmament

Collins Dictionary:

firmament

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Late Latin firmāmentum sky (considered as fixed above the earth), from Latin: prop, support, from firmāre to make firm1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/firmament

American Heritage Dictionary:

firmament

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin firmāmentum, from Latin, support, from firmāre, to strengthen; see "firm" [entry 2].

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/firmament

New World Dictionary:

firmament

Origin: Middle English from Old French from ecclesiastical Late Latin firmamentum from Latin, a strengthening, support from firmare: see "firm"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/firmament

Merriam-Webster:

firmament

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin and Latin; Late Latin firmamentum, from Latin, support, from firmare

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/firmament

Oxford Dictionary:

firmament

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin firmamentum, from firmare "fix, settle"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/firmament

Encarta Dictionary:

firmament

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin firmamentum from firmus "strong"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861611694​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

firmament

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "firmament"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "firmament"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/firmament

the Free Dictionary:

firmament

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "firmament"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "firmament"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "firmament" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/firmament

Google Dictionary:

firmament | firmaments [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "firmament"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

firmament

Audio: North American pronunciation of "firmament"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=firmam​01 word=firmament

YourDictionary Audio:

firmament

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "firmament" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/firmament

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