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Definition of the noun firmament

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noun - plural: firmaments

  1. the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
    • example: May the firmament not fall upon him.
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonyms of firmament: celestial sphere / empyrean / heavens / sphere / vault of heaven / welkin
    • more generic word: surface = the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object
    • parts:
      • apex of the sun's way / solar apex / apex = the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars
      • celestial point = a point in the heavens
      • nadir = the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
      • zenith = the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
      • zodiac = a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic

Alternative definition of the noun firmament


  1. [uncountable] The vault of the heavens; the sky.
  2. [obsolete] basis.
  3. The field or sphere of an interest or activity.
  4. [archaic] In the Ptolemaic system, the eighth geocentric sphere, which carried the fixed stars.


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Google previewGaia Speaks (2005)

Sacred Earth Wisdom by Pepper Lewis

The firmament is a part of a greater continuum, a link between two or more dimensions. It is not solid or separate but seamless and continuous, gradually and imperceptibly blending in such a way that it becomes impossible to say where one ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

FIRMAMENT—FIRMAN. stant; steady; resolute: N. the name or title under which a company transects business; a partnership (q. v.): V. in 011, to confirm; to establish; to fix steadily. FIBM'LY, ad. -li. FIRM'NEss, n. stability; steadfastness; ...

Google previewNelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2000)

Limited, Deluxe Edition by Ronald Youngblood

FIRMAMENT the expanse of sky and spacein which the stars and planets are set. God made thefirmament onthe seconddayof creationto dividethe waters that coveredtheearth from thosethatwere above it (Gen. 1:7). Butthe firmament includes ...

Google previewKids' Bible Dictionary (2009)

by Jean Fischer

FIRMAMENT. The sky. Firmament is an Old Testament word for the heavens, or the sky above the earth. Genesis 1:6–8 KJY...



Firmament, a word formerly used to signify the vault of heaven. The term found its way into English from ...

Google previewHolman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)

by Chad Brand, Archie England, Charles W. Draper

FIRMAMENT Great vault or expanse of sky that separates the upper and lower waters. God createdthe firmament on the second day toseparate the“waters fromthe waters” (Gen. 1:67).Oneuse of“heaven” intheBible ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis].

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

firmament ; Ital. Firmamen'tal, adj. 5 Span, and Port , firma- mento; Lat. firmamentum, from firmus. See Firm. The sky; the visible heavens; the expanse over our heads. Also, be the erthe devysed in als manye ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Holy Bible (1798)

Containing an Historical Account of the Persons; a Geographical Account of the Places; a Literal, Critical, and Systematical Description of Other Objects ... Mentioned in the Writings of the Old and New Testaments ... by John Brown

FIRMAMENT. The Hebrew word rakiahh. It signifies What is spread out ; as silver is spread into plates, or as a curtain. Firmament denotes what is ijlid ami fixed. It includes nut only the atmosphere, or region os aih, in which we breathe, fowls fiy ...

Google previewZondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2011)

by J. D. Douglas, Merrill C. Tenney

firmament. Traditional rendering for Hebrew rāqîa H8385, a difficult word that seems to suggest beaten metal plate. The Hebrew term is used only with reference to the sky (Gen. 1:6-8 et al.), viewed apparently as an “expanse” (NIV) or “vault” ...

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Quotes about firmament

Rather than have it the principal thing in my son's mind, I would gladly have him think that the sun went round the earth, and that the stars were so many spangles set in the bright blue firmament. (Thomas Arnold)
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Scrabble value of F4I1R1M3A1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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