rotunda


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ro·tun·da

 (rō-tŭn′də)
n.
A circular building or room, especially one topped with a dome.

[Italian rotonda, from feminine of rotondo, round, from Latin rotundus; see rotund.]

rotunda

(rəʊˈtʌndə)
n
(Architecture) a building or room having a circular plan, esp one that has a dome
[C17: from Italian rotonda, from Latin rotundus round, from rota a wheel]

ro•tun•da

(roʊˈtʌn də)

n., pl. -das.
1. a round building, esp. one with a dome.
2. a large and high circular hall or room, esp. one surmounted by a dome.
[1680–90; alter. of Italian rotonda, n. use of feminine of rotondo < Latin rotundus; see rotund]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rotunda - a building having a circular plan and a domerotunda - a building having a circular plan and a dome
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
2.rotunda - a large circular room
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
Translations

rotunda

[rəʊˈtʌndə] Nrotonda f

rotunda

[rəʊˈtʌndə] nrotonde f

rotunda

nRotunde f, → Rundbau m

rotunda

[rəʊˈtʌndə] nrotonda
References in classic literature ?
The emperor was anxious to see that famous temple of the Rotunda, called in ancient times the temple 'of all the gods,' but now-a-days, by a better nomenclature, 'of all the saints,' which is the best preserved building of all those of pagan construction in Rome, and the one which best sustains the reputation of mighty works and magnificence of its founders.
There was a rustling in the shadows of a near-by corridor, and he could have sworn that he saw a human hand withdrawn from an embrasure that opened above him into the domelike rotunda in which he found himself.
The room in which we found ourselves was long like a gallery and ended in a rotunda with many windows.
The Baptistery, which is a few years older than the Leaning Tower, is a stately rotunda, of huge dimensions, and was a costly structure.
I must confess to a feeling of awe as we entered the rotunda of the great building.
For the strong arm of that oppressive power did not frighten me into doing wrong; and when we came out of the rotunda the other four went to Salamis and fetched Leon, but I went quietly home.
Thorndike stepped into the gloom of an echoing rotunda, shut in on every side, hung by balconies, lit, many stories overhead, by a dirty skylight.
But there is, besides, in the centre of the building, a fine rotunda, ninety-six feet in diameter, and ninety- six high, whose circular wall is divided into compartments, ornamented by historical pictures.
His calculations had been just, and he had wandered about the rotunda for only ten minutes, looking again at the paintings, commemorative of the national annals, which occupy its lower spaces, and at the simulated sculptures, so touchingly characteristic of early American taste, which adorn its upper reaches, when the charming women he had been counting on presented themselves in charge of a licensed guide.
The news came as the Carter Report was released showing there is still a problem with Dublin's Rotunda Hospital retaining organs without consent.
The original idea for the design of the Rotunda is 50 years old this year, and the place has recently undergone a radical makeover, courtesy of Urban Splash.
With those words, Moore unveiled a four-foot-tall, granite display of the Ten Commandments weighing 5,280 pounds in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, which is home to the state Supreme Court and state appeals courts.