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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 Life and Doctrines of Jacob Boehme (1891)

The God-taught Philosopher; an Introduction to the Study of His Works by Franz Hartmann

The firmament is the connecting link between time and eternity. God calls it...

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 Principles of Causal Conspiracy (2013)

by Michael M. Anthony

A quantum Probability firmament is an information—trap like a pair of reflective mirrors that capture information in a gap. In this case our gap is a moment in historic time that is separating a future field and a past field. We cannot know anything ...

Google previewComparative Religion For Dummies (2011)

by William P. Lazarus, Mark Sullivan

(Firmament also means sky.) Everything in the sky: Later writings suggested that heaven includes the firmament as well as storehouses that hold wind, rain, and snow, along with virtues. “Truth sprouts from the earth and justice peers down ...

Google previewThe World of Hildegard of Bingen (1998)

Her Life, Times, and Visions by Heinrich Schipperges, John Cumming

The firmament is the cosmic base-plate and universal supportive structure. But we should not conceive of this universal construction as something static. On the contrary, it is always in dynamic motion, on its way toward perfection. It is secured ...

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 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 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 ...

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 previewA Dictionary of the Holy Bible (1804)

Containing an Historical Account of the Person; a Geographical Account of the Places; a Literal, Critical, and Systematical Description of Other Objects ... Extracted Chiefly from Calmet, and Others by James Wood

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

Google previewSmith's Bible Dictionary 1863 and King James Bible (2017)

by William Smith

And God s said, Let there be a firmament s in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God s made the firmament s, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmaments from the waters which [ were] ...

Google previewThe Cyclopædia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature. By Abraham Rees, ... with the Assistance of Eminent Professional Gentlemen. Illustrated with Numerous Engravings, by the Most Disinguished Artists. In Thirthy-nine Volumes. Vol. 1 [- 39] (1819)

FIRMAMENT, (from the Latin firmamentum.) This word has been ufed with great latitude by facred writers, by astronomers, by poets, and other writers. When Ptolemy of Egypt endeavoured to reconcile the phenomena of the celestial bodies ...

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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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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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