Definitions for firmamentˈfɜr mə mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fir•ma•mentˈfɜr mə mənt(n.)

  1. the arch or vault of heaven; sky.

Origin of firmament:

1250–1300; ME < LL firmāmentum sky, L: support, prop

fir•ma•men•talˌfɜr məˈmɛn tl(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. celestial sphere, sphere, empyrean, firmament, heavens, vault of heaven, welkin(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. firmament(Noun)

    The vault of the heavens; the sky.

    And God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."

  2. firmament(Noun)

    basis.

  3. firmament(Noun)

    The field or sphere of an interest or activity.

    the international fashion firmament

  4. firmament(Noun)

    In the Ptolemaic system, the eighth geocentric sphere, which carried the fixed stars.

  5. Origin: English from the 13th century. From firmamentum (from firmo, from firmus), literally "that which strengthens or supports". The term is coined in the Vulgata in imitation of LXX στερέωμα, which in turn translates Hebrew רקיע, strictly speaking a mistranslation, as the original Hebrew term meant "expanse", from the root רקע "to spread out", which in Syriac had acquired the meaning "to make firm or solid".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Firmament

    fixed foundation; established basis

  2. Firmament

    the region of the air; the sky or heavens

  3. Firmament

    the orb of the fixed stars; the most rmote of the celestial spheres

Freebase

  1. Firmament

    The firmament is 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 Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Firmament

    a name given to the vault of the sky conceived as a solid substance studded with stars, so applied in the Vulgate.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

firmament(noun)

the sky; the heavens

The stars shine in the endless firmament.

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