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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.

    Etymology: From dominant.

  2. dominantnoun

    The triad built on the dominant tone.

    Etymology: From dominant.

  3. dominantadjective

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

    The dominant party controlled the government.

    Etymology: From dominant.

  4. dominantadjective

    Predominant, common, prevalent, of greatest importance.

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

    Etymology: From dominant.

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. Martin Lau:

    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, from a marketing investment purpose, we are going back to China.

  2. Courtney Ramey:

    The biggest thing I said when we got into the locker room after the game is, Were supposed to do this, this shouldnt be a shock or a surprise. When you go (and) be us, you come out with a dominant performance. Now we have to keep it rolling.

  3. Fred Wertheimer:

    Billionaires and millionaires have become the dominant players in financing the 2016 presidential campaigns.

  4. Sister Rose:

    I use human dignity, the common good, human solidarity, family, community ... even challenging the dominant culture of consumerism.

  5. Jenny Wanger:

    Our goal is to have any business develop something -- startups can play in this space, as well as IBM, we are working on this system so there isn't a way for one company or one group of companies to have power over health records or be overly dominant.

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