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fir·ma·ment

 (fûr′mə-mənt)
n.
The vault or expanse of the heavens; the sky.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin firmāmentum, from Latin, support, from firmāre, to strengthen; see firm2.]

fir′ma·ment′al (-mĕn′tl) adj.

firmament

(ˈfɜːməmənt)
n
the expanse of the sky; heavens
[C13: from Late Latin firmāmentum sky (considered as fixed above the earth), from Latin: prop, support, from firmāre to make firm1]
firmamental adj

fir•ma•ment

(ˈfɜr mə mənt)

n.
the arch or vault of heaven; sky.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Late Latin firmāmentum sky, Latin: support, prop]
fir•ma•men•tal (ˌfɜr məˈmɛn tl) adj.

firmament

- Means "vault of the sky," as a fixed structure.
See also related terms for vault.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.firmament - the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projectedfirmament - the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
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 (on the celestial sphere)
nadir - the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
surface - the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object; "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface"
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; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes

firmament

noun (Literary)
1. sky, skies, heaven, heavens, the blue, the skies, vault, welkin (archaic), empyrean (poetic), vault of heaven There are no stars in the firmament.
2. arena, province, sphere, realm, domain He was a rising star in the political firmament.

firmament

noun
The celestial regions as seen from the earth:
air, heaven (often used in plural), sky.
Archaic: welkin.
Translations
سَماء، القُبَّةُ الزرقاء
obloha
himmelhimmelhvælving
égbolt
festing, himinhvel
dangus
debesu jums
hemelgewelf
gökgökkubbe

firmament

[ˈfɜːməmənt] Nfirmamento m

firmament

nFirmament nt

firmament

(ˈfəːməmənt) noun
the sky; the heavens. The stars shine in the endless firmament.
References in classic literature ?
Its head was then turned toward the east, as though equally anxious for the appearance of light, when the form leaned against the mound, and seemed to gaze upon the glassy expanse of the waters, which, like a submarine firmament, glittered with its thousand mimic stars.
In old Colonel Pyncheon's funeral discourse the clergyman absolutely canonized his deceased parishioner, and opening, as it were, a vista through the roof of the church, and thence through the firmament above, showed him seated, harp in hand, among the crowned choristers of the spiritual world.
In such a case, it could only be the symptom of a highly disordered mental state, when a man, rendered morbidly self-contemplative by long, intense, and secret pain, had extended his egotism over the whole expanse of nature, until the firmament itself should appear no more than a fitting page for his soul's history and fate.
For you see no one point precisely; not one distinct feature is revealed; no nose, eyes, ears, or mouth; no face; he has none, proper; nothing but that one broad firmament of a forehead, pleated with riddles; dumbly lowering with the doom of boats, and ships, and men.
Again, we have waited with him in a sunny island, where generous hands concealed his chains with flowers; and, lastly, we have followed him when the last ray of earthly hope went out in night, and seen how, in the blackness of earthly darkness, the firmament of the unseen has blazed with stars of new and significant lustre.
the first statesman of the age, the capablest man, the best-informed man in the entire world, the loftiest un- crowned head that had moved through the clouds of any political firmament for centuries, sitting here ap- parently defeated in argument by an ignorant country blacksmith
One could see the grand Alpine masses dimly outlined against the black firmament, and one or two faint stars blinking through rifts in the night.
The breeze was from the west: it came over the hills, sweet with scents of heath and rush; the sky was of stainless blue; the stream descending the ravine, swelled with past spring rains, poured along plentiful and clear, catching golden gleams from the sun, and sapphire tints from the firmament.
what if all Her stores were op'n'd, and this Firmament Of Hell should spout her Cataracts of Fire, Impendent horrors, threatning hideous fall One day upon our heads; while we perhaps Designing or exhorting glorious Warr, Caught in a fierie Tempest shall be hurl'd Each on his rock transfixt, the sport and prey Of racking whirlwinds, or for ever sunk Under yon boyling Ocean, wrapt in Chains; There to converse with everlasting groans, Unrespited, unpitied, unrepreevd, Ages of hopeless end; this would be worse.
The two parsons had been simulating an interest in the cloudy firmament as an excuse for not looking at the girls until close at hand.
When heaven reveals her primal stainless blue, Alone within the firmament there burns The tiny torch of dusk.
By degrees the wind abated, vast gray clouds rolled towards the west, and the blue firmament appeared studded with bright stars.