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ˈdɒm ə nəntdom·i·nant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dominant(noun)

    (music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale

  2. dominant allele, dominant(adj)

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

  3. dominant(adj)

    exercising influence or control

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

  4. dominant(adj)

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

  5. prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rife(adj)

    most frequent or common

    "prevailing winds"

Wiktionary

  1. dominant(Noun)

    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. dominant(Noun)

    The triad built on the dominant tone.

    Etymology: From dominant.

  3. dominant(Adjective)

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

    The dominant party controlled the government.

    Etymology: From dominant.

  4. dominant(Adjective)

    Predominant, common, prevalent, of greatest importance.

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

    Etymology: From dominant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dominant(adj)

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

  2. Dominant(noun)

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

Freebase

  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.]

Entomology

  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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Adjectives Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Barbara Ferrer:

    They will become dominant and will make it easier for people to become infected and lead to a surge.

  2. Isaac Asimov:

    It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.

  3. Kate Upton:

    Paul’s texting increased, telling me how excited Paul Marciano was to see me, that Paul Marciano wanted me to change in front of Paul Marciano so Paul Marciano could see my naked body getting into Paul Marciano clothes. Paul Marciano asked if I thought of Paul Marciano when I was posing sexy on set. All the language Paul Marciano used was extremely dominant and possessive. At one point, to avoid Paul coming to set, I told him my boyfriend was going to be there. He was absolutely furious at that. It was an emotional and non-stop battle of games, power struggles and creative avoidance tactics.

  4. Anthony Joshua:

    If you really want to say you're number one, come fight me. Let's get it on. I've got the rest of the belts so it only makes sense, i'm the unified heavyweight champion of the world, he's the WBC champion. What it will prove, me and him fighting ? There will be one dominant figure in the heavyweight division that will have all of the belts and become undisputed.

  5. Tsai Chia-hung:

    The relationship between China Taiwan and China is always a dominant issue in Taiwan's elections.

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