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What does firmament mean?

noun

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

noun

  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.

Music

  1. "Firmament" is a musical album of Main & Midnight Odyssey.
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  2. "Firmament" is a composition, cataloged instance.

Miscellanea

The firmament is the sky, conceived as a vast dome. According to Genesis, God created the firmament to separate the "waters above" from those below. The word is anglicised from Latin firmamentum, which appears in the Vulgate.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for firmament

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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

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

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 previewA Transparent Illusion (2002)

The Dangerous Vision of Water in Hekhalot Mysticism : A Source-Critical and Tradition-Historical Inquiry by Christopher R. A. Morray-Jones

1:26, however, the firmament is the floor of the divine throne room. It thus corresponds to the sapphire pavement of Exod. 24:10, which is said to be made of "the substance of heaven." The word TR3, "purity," applied to this substance, should ...

Google previewCHAMBERS'S ENCYCLOPAEDIA: A DICTIONARY OF UNIVERSAL KNOWLEDGE NEW EDITION VOL. IV (1892)

by ROBERT CHAMBERS

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

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” ...

Google previewThe Family Encyclopedia of Useful Knowledge and General Literature ... (1834)

by John Lauris Blake

FIRMAMENT. This word has been used with great latitude by sacred writers, by astronomers, by poets, anil other writers. When Ptolemy of ...

Google previewChambers's encyclopaedia (1900)

a dictionary of universal knowledge by David Patrick, William Geddie

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

Google previewChambers's Encyclopaedia: Dionysius to Friction (1896)

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

Google previewA Dictionary of the Bible (2009)

by W. R. F. Browning

firmament The division made by God, according to the *P account of *creation, to restrain the cosmic water and form the sky (Gen. 1: 6–8).

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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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