Definitions for Dominantˈdɒm ə nənt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
dom•i•nant*ˈdɒm ə nənt(adj.)
ruling or controlling; having or exerting authority.
occupying a commanding or elevated position.
predominant; chief or foremost.
Genetics. of or pertaining to that allele of a gene pair that masks the effect of the other when both are present in the same cell or organism. of or pertaining to the hereditary trait determined by such an allele.
pertaining to or based on the dominant in music.
Category: Music and Dance
(n.)Genetics. the dominant allele of a gene pair. the individual carrying such an allele. a dominant trait.
Ref: Compare recessive (def. 3). 4
the fifth tone of a diatonic scale.
Category: Music and Dance
Ecol. any plant or sometimes animal that by virtue of its abundance, size, or habits exerts such an influence on the conditions of an area as to determine what other organisms can live there.
* Syn: dominant , predominant , paramount describe something outstanding or supreme. dominant applies to something that exerts control or influence: the dominant powers at an international conference. predominant applies to something that is foremost at a specific time: English is one of the world's predominant languages. paramount refers to something that is first in rank or order: Safety is of paramount importance.
Origin of dominant:
1525–35; < L dominant-
(music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale
dominant allele, dominant(adj)
an allele that produces the same phenotype whether its paired allele is identical or different
exercising influence or control
"television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage"
(of genes) producing the same phenotype whether its allele is identical or dissimilar
prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rife(adj)
most frequent or common
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
dominant(adjective)ˈdɒm ə nənt
dominant political parties
The fifth major tone of a musical scale (five major steps above the note in question); thus G is the dominant of C, A of D, and so on.
The triad built on the dominant tone.
Ruling; governing; prevailing; controlling; as, the dominant party, church, spirit, power.
The dominant party controlled the government.
Predominant, common, prevalent, of greatest importance.
The dominant plants of the Carboniferous were lycopods and early conifers.
Origin: From dominant.
ruling; governing; prevailing; controlling; predominant; as, the dominant party, church, spirit, power
the fifth tone of the scale; thus G is the dominant of C, A of D, and so on
In music, the dominant is the fifth scale degree of the diatonic scale, called "dominant" because it is next in importance to the tonic, and a dominant chord is any chord built upon that pitch, using the notes of the same diatonic scale. The dominant function has the role of creating instability that requires the tonic for resolution. For example, in the C major scale, the dominant is the note G; and the dominant triad consists of the notes G, B, and D.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Dominant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3179
Rank popularity for the word 'Dominant' in Adjectives Frequency: #440
Translations for Dominant
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
ruling; most important; strongest
the dominant group in society; Green was the dominant colour in the room.
- dominante, oorheersendeAfrikaans
- مُسَيْطِر، غالِبArabic
- dominantePortuguese (BR)
- dominant; dominerendeDanish
- غالب؛ برترFarsi
- प्रबल, प्रधानHindi
- paling kuat, dominanIndonesian
- ríkjandi, ráðandi, mest áberandiIcelandic
- vyraujantis, viešpataujantisLithuanian
- dominējošs; valdošsLatvian
- غالب؛ برترPersian
- دواك څښتن، مسلط، حاكمPashto
- rozhodujúci, prevládajúci, dominantnýSlovak
- vladajoč; prevladujočSlovenian
- dominerande, [för]härskande, ledandeSwedish
- ที่มีอำนาจเหนือกว่า; ซึ่งเป็นส่วนสำคัญ; เด่นThai
- hükmeden, egemen, hâkimTurkish
- 佔優勢的，支配的Chinese (Trad.)
- панівний; домінуючийUkrainian
- حاوی ، مسلطUrdu
- quan trọng nhấtVietnamese
- 占优势的，支配的Chinese (Simp.)
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