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  • Dominoes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n domino a small rectangular block used in playing the game of dominoes; the face of each block has two equal areas that can bear 0 to 6 dots
    • n domino a mask covering the upper part of the face but with holes for the eyes
    • n domino a loose hooded cloak worn with a half mask as part of a masquerade costume
    • n Domino United States rhythm and blues pianist and singer and composer (born in 1928)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dominos Pizza sales typically double on Super Bowl Sunday.
    • Domino A costume worn as a disguise at masquerades, consisting of a robe with a hood adjustable at pleasure.
    • Domino A game played by two or more persons, with twenty-eight pieces of wood, bone, or ivory, of a flat, oblong shape, plain at the back, but on the face divided by a line in the middle, and either left blank or variously dotted after the manner of dice. The game is played by matching the spots or the blank of an unmatched half of a domino already played
    • Domino A kind of hood worn by the canons of a cathedral church; a sort of amice.
    • Domino A kind of mask; particularly, a half mask worn at masquerades, to conceal the upper part of the face. Dominos were formerly worn by ladies in traveling.
    • Domino A mourning veil formerly worn by women.
    • Domino A person wearing a domino.
    • Domino One of the pieces with which the game of dominoes is played.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n domino An ecclesiastical garment worn over other vestments in cold weather, made loose, and furnished with a hood.
    • n domino By restriction, the hood alone.
    • n domino A garment made in partial imitation of that described in def., and used at masked balls. It is usually made of thin silk, loose, and with large sleeves and a hood.
    • n domino A person wearing a domino.
    • n domino A half-mask formerly worn over the face by ladies when traveling, at masquerades, etc., as a partial disguise for the features.
    • n domino One of the pieces with which the game of dominoes is played. See def. 6.
    • n domino plural A game regularly played with twenty-eight flat oblong pieces of ivory, bone, or wood, usually black on one side, the back, and white on the other, the face, the latter being divided into two parts by a cross-line. The face of one domino, the double blank, is unmarked, and that of the others is marked on one or both ends with pips or spots from one to six in number, the highest piece being the double six. Dominoes, however, are made in different styles, and for some games a larger number of pieces and higher markings are used. All play with dominoes consists in matching the pieces in a line by the corresponding ends so long as this can be done, and scoring the number of spots remaining in the beaten hand to the account of the winner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Domino dom′i-no a cape with a hood worn by a master or by a priest: a long cloak of black silk with a hood, used at masked balls, a person wearing such: one of the oblong pieces with which the game of Dom′inoes (-nōz) is played, usually twenty-eight in number, divided into two compartments, each of which is blank or marked with from one to six spots.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. domino, or It. dominò, or Sp. dominó, fr. L. dominus, master. The domino, was orig. a hood worn by the canons of a cathedral. See Don Dame
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. domino—L. dominus.


In literature:

Playing at nine-pins, for instance, is practically forbidden, so also dominoes.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
He got into the habit of going to the public-house, and had a passion for dominoes.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Wish we'd got a box o' dominoes and a bit o' candle.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
Idus Januarias, Consulibus Domino nostro Teudosio (Theodoric) Augusto II.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The dominoes were brought.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He fixed now on one tall domino, now on another, but without satisfaction.
"A Modern Mercenary" by Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
The pink domino and the twin black dominos seemed to be seeking their way.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
An omelette soufflee, you know, must he ordered; but as for the dominoes, I admit that that was an indiscretion.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
You might as well play dominoes in a coffee shop.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
Horse-racing, cards, dominoes, and other amusements and games of hazard, are their ruling passion.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Sometimes he played dominoes with Felicien Garbure, now icily received by the symbolists on account of an unpaid score.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
At serving time put in an extra ladleful of brandy for every person to be served, and two lumps of domino sugar.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
Some ladies, and gentlemen also, wear mask and domino over the regulation party dress, removing this when the others unmask.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Here, Domino, take Mr.
"Captain Brand of the "Centipede"" by H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
One wore a white domino with a scarlet rosette on the breast.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
After that, he divided his time between two saloons, where he played dominoes and pinochle, and his own house.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
The dominoed lady is extremely bashful, her replies are brief and all but inaudible.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
It was common gossip that a set of ivory dominoes came first before all else.
"Once to Every Man" by Larry Evans
They were eating devilled bones, and were dressed in long white dominoes.
"Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children" by Julian Hawthorne
But they sit in groups playing cards or dominoes; they listen to tunes played on the mouth-organ; most of all they sing.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith

In poetry:

Menny would go in a domino —
Pretty and pink but warm;
While I attended, clad in a splendid
Austrian uniform.
"Pink Dominoes" by Rudyard Kipling
When Three was over, an eager lover,
I fled to the gloom outside;
And a Domino came out also
Whom I took for my future bride.
"Pink Dominoes" by Rudyard Kipling
Next morn I knew that there were two
Dominoes pink, and one
Had cloaked the spouse of Sir Julian Vouse,
Our big Political gun.
"Pink Dominoes" by Rudyard Kipling
Then Jenny came, and I saw with shame
She'd doffed her domino;
And I had embraced an alien waist —
But I did not tell her so.
"Pink Dominoes" by Rudyard Kipling
‘Well then, stay,’
Muttered the dear old Rabelais;
‘Bring it me at once, my friend,
I never would the church offend,
It hangs upon that peg you know,
By all means bring my domino.’
"Rabelais" by William Bell Scott
I slowly creep and peep beneath the blind.
-My father reads his book within his chair.
Some children play their game of dominoes.
My mother sits beside the fire and sews;
Her head is bowed. I know her eyes are kind
By the grey lines in her hair.
"Lemnos Harbour" by Leon Gellert

In news:

To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Domino held a contest, asking Baltimore to send in their best shots of the iconic harbor plant.
Quiroz, 27, of Delray Beach, is charged in connection with a pizza delivery order that resulted in a Domino 's Pizza employee being robbed on Nov 27, 2012.
No matter how long it took to set up 30,000 dominoes, the best part is knocking them down.
Domino 's Pizza clerk robbed.
A man robbed the Domino 's Pizza in Davis at knifepoint Saturday afternoon.
Jenny Fouracre-Petko, the legislative director for Domino 's, said mandated signs will cost Domino 's nearly $5,000 per store.
Ponting's retirement could have domino effect.
Items also can be dropped off at the Richmond Domino 's Pizza, 328 Eastern Bypass, or given to Domino 's delivery drivers as they drop off an order.
Items can be dropped off at Post 7 in Richmond or at the Richmond Domino 's Pizza store.
Domino 's Pizza delivery drivers also will accept donations.
Chains such as Boston Market and Domino 's Pizza reap benefits of seasonal hires beyond the holidays.
Domino 's Pizza is one restaurant company that is ramping up holiday hiring.
Utility pole domino effect knocks out power in Spring Grove.
Domino 's Pizza employee robbed in South City.
2 Alabama dominates Auburn, then calls Domino 's (game story).

In science:

Similarly, a vertical domino is west-going (W) if its upper square is white, otherwise it is east-going (E).
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
In this way we get a piece of a path, and we do this for all S-dominoes.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Given a domino tiling of An we draw lines on the dominoes as just described.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
It has to be covered by a W- or am S-domino.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Similarly, if we consider the white lattice square to the left of Aj it can only be covered by an E- or an S-domino.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Thus we obtain a map from domino tilings of An to families of n nonintersecting type I DR-paths in LI with the specified initial and final positions.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
To see this, fill in with dominoes along the paths using the marked tiles.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
If we have a white lattice square that is covered by a domino, then the black square to the right is also empty, since otherwise the paths would not be connected.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
In this case the S-dominoes are unmarked, whereas the N-dominoes have a horizontal segment in the middle.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Furthermore we interchange the marking on the W- and E-dominoes.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
This can be proved using the domino height function defined below.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
If we have an ES-step around a white square, then this square is covered by an S- or a W-domino.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Similarly, if we have an SE-step around a white square, then this square is covered by an N- or an E-domino, in which case a type I DR-path does not intersect neither the S- nor the E-step.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Let us recall the definition of the (domino) height function associated with a given tiling, .
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Together these describe the whole domino tiling.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices