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Gaining or taking a permanent residence.

DOM'I-FY, v.t. [L. domus, a house, and facio, to make.]

  1. In astrology, to divide the heavens into twelve houses, in order to erect a theme or horoscope, by means of six great circles, called circles of position. [Obs.] – Encyc.
  2. To tame. [Not in use, and improper.]

DOM'IN-ANT, a. [L. dominans, from dominor, to rule; dominus, lord, master; either from domus, a house, or from domo, δαμαω, to overcome, to tame, to subdue, W. dovi. Both roots unite in the sense, to set, to press, to fix. See Class Dm, No. 1, 3.]

  1. Ruling; prevailing; governing; predominant; as, the dominant party or faction. Reid. Tooke.
  2. In music, the dominant or sensible chord is that which is practiced on the dominant of the tone, and which introduces a perfect cadence. Every perfect major chord becomes a dominant chord, as soon as the seventh minor is added to it. – Rousseau. Encyc.


In music, of the three notes essential to the tone, the dominant is that which is a fifth from the tonic. – Ibm.

DOM'IN-ATE, v.i.

To predominate. [Little used.]

DOM'IN-ATE, v.t. [L. dominatus, dominor. See Dominant.]

To rule; to govern; to prevail; to predominate over. We every where meet with Slavonian nations either dominant or dominated. – Tooke, Russ.


Ruled; governed.


Ruling; prevailing; predominating.

DOM-IN-A'TION, n. [L. dominatio.]

  1. The exercise of power in ruling; dominion; government. – Shak.
  2. Arbitrary authority; tyranny.
  3. One highly exalted in power; or the fourth order of angelic beings. Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers. – Milton.


Governing; also imperious. – Sandys.


  1. A ruler or ruling power; the presiding or predominant power. Jupiter and Mars are dominators for this north-west part of the world. – Camden.
  2. An absolute governor.

DOM-IN-EER', v.i. [L. dominor; Fr. dominer; Sp. dominar; It. dominare. See Dominant.]

  1. To rule over with insolence or arbitrary sway. To domineer over subjects or servants is evidence of a low mind. – Anon.
  2. To bluster; to hector; to swell with conscious superiority or haughtiness. Go to the feast, revel and domineer. – Shak.


Ruled over with insolence.


  1. Ruling over with insolence; blustering; manifesting haughty superiority.
  2. adj. Overbearing.

DO-MIN'I-CAL, a. [Low L. dominicalis, from dominicus, from dominus, lord.]

  1. That notes the Lord's day or Sabbath. The Dominical letter is the letter which, in almanacs, denotes the Sabbath, or dies Domini, the Lord's day. The first seven letters of the alphabet are used for this purpose.
  2. Noting the prayer of our Lord. – Howell.

DO-MIN'I-CAL, n. [supra.]

The Lord's day. – Hammond.

DO-MIN'IC-AN, a. [or n. from Dominic, the founder.]

The Dominicans, or Dominican Friars, are an order of religious or monks, called also Jacobins, or Predicants, preaching friars; an order founded about the year 1215. Encyc.

DOM'IN-I-CIDE, n. [L. dominus and cædo.]

One who kills his master.

DO-MIN'ION, n. [L. dominium. See Dominant.]

  1. Sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling. The dominion of the Most High is an everlasting dominion. – Dan. iv.
  2. Power to direct, control, use and dispose of at pleasure; right of possession and use without being accountable; as, the private dominion of individuals. – Locke.
  3. Territory under a government; region; country; district governed, or within the limits of the authority of a prince or state; as, the British dominions.
  4. Government; right of governing. Jamaica is under the dominion of Great Britain.
  5. Predominance; ascendant. – Dryden.
  6. An order of angels. Whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. – Col. i.
  7. Persons governed. Judah was his sanctuary; Israel his dominion. – Ps. cxiv.

DOM'I-NO, n.

A kind of hood; a long dress; a masquerade dress; a kind of play.


A mineral named from Dome in Auvergne, in France, of a white or grayish white color, having the aspect and gritty feel of a sandy chalk. – Phillips.

DON, n.

A title in Spain, formerly given to noblemen and gentlemen only, but now common to all classes. It is commonly supposed to be contracted from Dominus, dom; and the Portuguese dono, the master or owner of any thing, gives some countenance to the opinion. It coincides nearly with the Heb. ריז and אריז, a judge, ruler, or lord. It war formerly used in England, and written by Chaucer Dan. [See Spelman.] Dona, or dueña, the feminine of don, is the title of a lady, in Spain and Portugal.

DON, v.t. [To do on; opposed to doff.]

To put on; to invest with. [Obs.] – Shak. Fairfax.


That may be given.


A petrified shell of the genus Donax. – Jameson.