What does firmament mean?

Definitions for firmament
ˈfɜr mə məntfir·ma·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. celestial sphere, sphere, empyrean, firmament, heavens, vault of heaven, welkinnoun

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


  1. firmamentnoun

    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. firmamentnoun


  3. firmamentnoun

    The field or sphere of an interest or activity.

    the international fashion firmament

  4. firmamentnoun

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

  5. Etymology: 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".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FIRMAMENTnoun

    The sky; the heavens.

    Etymology: firmamentum, Latin.

    Even to the heavens their shouting shrill
    Doth reach, and all the firmament doth fill. Edmund Spenser.

    I am constant as the northern star,
    Of whose true, fixt, and resting quality,
    There is no fellow in the firmament. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    The Almighty, whose hieroglyphical characters are the unnumbered stars, sun and moon, written on these large volumes of the firmament. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    The firmament expanse of liquid, pure,
    Transparent, elemental air, diffus’d
    In circuit to the uttermost convex
    Of this great round. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii.

    The steeds climb up the first ascent with pain;
    And when the middle firmament they gain,
    If downward from the heavens my head I bow,
    And see the earth and ocean hang below,
    Ev’n I am seiz’d with horror. Joseph Addison, Ovid’s Metamorph.

    What an immensurable space is the firmament, wherein a great number of stars, lesser and lesser, and consequently farther and farther off, are seen with our naked eye, and many more discovered with our glasses! William Derham, Astro-Theology.


  1. Firmament

    In biblical cosmology, the firmament is the vast solid dome created by God during his creation of the world to divide the primal sea into upper and lower portions so that the dry land could appear. The concept was adopted into the subsequent Classical/Medieval model of heavenly spheres, but was dropped with advances in astronomy in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today it survives as a synonym for "sky" or "heaven".


  1. firmament

    Firmament is a term used to refer to the sky or the heavens, particularly in a religious or poetic context. It is often described as a solid, dome-like structure that encompasses the Earth and separates the terrestrial realm from the celestial realm. In various belief systems, the firmament is believed to be the dwelling place of the gods or divine beings and is associated with celestial bodies such as the sun, moon, and stars.

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

  4. Etymology: [L. firmamentum, fr. firmare to make firm: cf. F. firmament. See Firm, v. & a.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Firmament

    fėr′ma-ment, n. the solid sphere in which the stars were thought to be fixed: the sky.—adj. Firmament′al, pertaining to the firmament: celestial. [Fr.,—L. firmamentumfirmus, firm.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. firmamentnoun

    An evergreen olive tree with medicating leaves for mental age which results from an action or false information in time. 1.) The heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing. A sphere or world viewed as a collection of people.

    Heaven is like a person, place, or thing that you really love to do.

    Etymology: Sky

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on February 15, 2024  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of firmament in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of firmament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of firmament in a Sentence

  1. Omar Khayyam:

    When morning silvers the dark firmament, Why shrills the bird of dawning his lament? It is to show in dawn?s bright looking-glass How of thy careless life a night is spent.

  2. Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus:

    Thoughts give birth to a creative force that is neither elemental nor sidereal. Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow. When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven, as it were and from it the work that he desires to create flows into him. For such is the immensity of man that he is greater than heaven and earth.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam that flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his own thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts they come back to us with a sort of alienated majesty.

  4. Sherilyn Connelly:

    I really appreciate and find it fun to watch how he's completely rattling the mainstream Christian firmament, just look at the s**tstorm that erupted when he washed the feet of the Muslim prisoners. ... It's fascinating.

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