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firmament

Syllabification: fir·ma·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈfərməmənt
 
/

Definition of firmament in English:

noun

literary
1The heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing.
Example sentences
  • The final part of the journey explores the ethereal realms of Paradise, where Dante is guided by a ravishing Beatrice through the shimmering, starry firmament to touch the face of God.
  • We don't need redwoods and whales at all, not for ordinary life at least, no more than we need Plato, Beethoven, or the stars in the firmament of heaven.
  • The Roman philosopher Seneca proposed that the auroras were flames slipping through cracks in the heavenly firmament.
Synonyms
the sky, heaven;
the heavens, the skies
literary the empyrean, the welkin
1.1A sphere or world viewed as a collection of people: one of the great stars in the American golfing firmament
More example sentences
  • In the sky, the Pole Star, around which the firmament appears to turn, has been styled the ‘navel of the Heavens'.
  • Sometimes the lightening forked across the sky like a crack in the dark firmament.
  • They're coveted by a generation too young to remember the designer's heyday, when she was one of the brightest stars in the fashion firmament, turning out exuberant, fantastical creations.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin firmamentum, from firmare 'fix, settle'.

Derivatives

firmamental

1
Pronunciation: /ˌfərməˈmentl/
adjective

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