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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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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 anglicized from Latin firmamentum, which appears in the Vulgate.

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Google previewThe secrets of the Zohar (2015)

by Nurho De Manhar

The starry firmament is a heavenly alphabetby which the wise and spiritually-minded can read the interpretation of the present and the history of the future. So with respect to man; ...

Google previewKook (2010)

What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave by Peter Heller

Reflecting back the firmament is the liquid desert of the Luna de Miel .

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 previewMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible (2014)

by V.T.

The sun in the firmament is an emblem of the Sun of righteousness, the Bridegroom of the ...

Google previewThe Expert's Guide to Handgun Marksmanship (2015)

For Self-Defense, Target Shooting, and Hunting by Jim Casada

Interestingly one of the very most accurate shooting arms in the handgun firmament is the Feinwerkbau air pistol. It is a .17 caliber and is shot at 10 meters. This pistol will shoot tighter groups than all save an exceedingly small number of the ...

Google previewThe stars and the angels; or, The natural history of the universe and its inhabitants (1858)

by Stars

The English word firmament is a Latinism singularly inappropriate, intended to express the idea of a crystalline vault so firm as to be a permanent barrier against the waters above. The science of astronomy has dissipated this notion, by letting ...

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 previewGarden History Reference Encyclopedia

Historic books etc on garden design and landscape architecture by Tom Turner

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7. And God ...



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

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...

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 previewA historical ... dictionary of the holy Bible (1810)

by John Brown

FIRMAMENT. The Hebrew word RAKIAHH. It signifies what is spread out ; as silver is spread into plates, or as a curtain. FJRMA- WENT denotes what is solid and fixed. It includes not only the. atmosphere, or region of AIR, in which we breathe, ...

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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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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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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