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 (ăm′fə-thē′ə-tər, ăm′pə-)
1. An oval or circular structure having tiers of seats rising gradually outward from a central open space or arena.
2. Geology A level area surrounded by upward sloping ground.
3. An upper, sloping gallery with seats for spectators, as in a theater or operating room.

[Middle English amphitheatre, from Latin amphitheātrum, from Greek amphitheātron : amphi-, amphi- + theātron, theater; see theater.]

am′phi·the·at′ric (-ăt′rĭk), am′phi·the·at′ri·cal adj.
am′phi·the·at′ri·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.amphitheatric - of or related to an amphitheateramphitheatric - of or related to an amphitheater  
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Like Houston, and like its forerunner in Dallas (see our July--August 2008 issue), the San Francisco Show takes place in an Embassy Suites hotel, with rising tiers of rooms all opening on a central, amphitheatric space, with a ground-floor courtyard featuring ponds for swans and giant goldfish, a restaurant, a bar (Happy Hour at 5:30 for dealers!), a swimming pool, a gym, and sprawling lounge areas.
A ramp and an arc of stone amphitheatric stairs take you from street level to the first lower plane of ground, and from there again similar devices lead gently down to the entrance court.