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ˈdɒm ə nəntdom·i·nant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dominantnoun

    (music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale

  2. dominant allele, dominantadjective

    an allele that produces the same phenotype whether its paired allele is identical or different

  3. dominantadjective

    exercising influence or control

    "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage"

  4. dominantadjective

    (of genes) producing the same phenotype whether its allele is identical or dissimilar

  5. prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rifeadjective

    most frequent or common

    "prevailing winds"


  1. dominantnoun

    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.

  2. dominantnoun

    The triad built on the dominant tone.

  3. dominantadjective

    Ruling; governing; prevailing; controlling; as, the dominant party, church, spirit, power.

    The dominant party controlled the government.

  4. dominantadjective

    Predominant, common, prevalent, of greatest importance.

    The dominant plants of the Carboniferous were lycopods and early conifers.

  5. Etymology: From dominant.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dominantadjective

    Predominant; presiding; ascendant.

    Etymology: dominant, French; dominans, Latin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dominantadjective

    ruling; governing; prevailing; controlling; predominant; as, the dominant party, church, spirit, power

  2. Dominantnoun

    the fifth tone of the scale; thus G is the dominant of C, A of D, and so on


  1. Dominant

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dominant

    dom′in-ant, adj. prevailing: predominant.—n. (mus.) the fifth note of the scale in its relation to the first and third.—ns. Dom′inance, Dom′inancy, ascendency.—adv. Dom′inantly. [L. dominans, -antis, pr.p. of domināri, to be master.]


  1. Dominant

    a character more constant and conspicuous than any other: a type or series occurring in large numbers both as to genera, species and individuals and in which differentiation is yet active.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'dominant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3179

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    Rank popularity for the word 'dominant' in Adjectives Frequency: #440

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dominant in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dominant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of dominant in a Sentence

  1. Franco Salhi:

    In the fashion world, for the past ten to fifteen years, two-button suits have been pretty dominant.

  2. Amit Bhandari:

    China was hoping to be the dominant player in this internet market.

  3. Auston Matthews:

    I think we could be a really dominant line, we’re still a work in progress chemistry-wise. It’s not going to happen overnight.

  4. Matthew Dube (at weed thumb):

    The acceptance of complete responsibility, the giving up of all your excuses, is not easy. It’s one of the hardest things you ever attempt. That’s why most people never do it. When you desire success with the same intensity that you desire to breathe, then nothing will stop you from getting it. The only thing that stands inbetween you and your big dreams are the excuses you keep bringing up for not achieving. If you see yourself now as you wish to be, and you walk, talk, and behave as the very best person you can imagine yourself being, your dominant thoughts and goals will materialize as your reality.

  5. Martin Lau:

    (The) traditional way of advertising, investing money in order to attract users overseas, is coming to an end, the effectiveness is actually not as good, and to some extent in a lot of overseas markets, their mobile chat apps (are) already pretty dominant.

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