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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.
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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
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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.
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firmament

- Means "vault of the sky," as a fixed structure.
See also related terms for vault.
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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
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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.
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firmament

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

firmament

[ˈfɜːməmənt] Nfirmamento m
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firmament

nFirmament nt
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firmament

(ˈfəːməmənt) noun
the sky; the heavens. The stars shine in the endless firmament.
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References in classic literature ?
1-17) Ares, exceeding in strength, chariot-rider, golden- helmed, doughty in heart, shield-bearer, Saviour of cities, harnessed in bronze, strong of arm, unwearying, mighty with the spear, O defence of Olympus, father of warlike Victory, ally of Themis, stern governor of the rebellious, leader of righteous men, sceptred King of manliness, who whirl your fiery sphere among the planets in their sevenfold courses through the aether wherein your blazing steeds ever bear you above the third firmament of heaven; hear me, helper of men, giver of dauntless youth!
When heaven reveals her primal stainless blue, Alone within the firmament there burns The tiny torch of dusk.
To the men who fought against the rising truths of physical philosophy, it seemed that if they admitted that truth it would destroy faith in God, in the creation of the firmament, and in the miracle of Joshua the son of Nun.
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.
It was now the middle of May, and the morning was remarkably serene, when Mr Allworthy walked forth on the terrace, where the dawn opened every minute that lovely prospect we have before described to his eye; and now having sent forth streams of light, which ascended the blue firmament before him, as harbingers preceding his pomp, in the full blaze of his majesty rose the sun, than which one object alone in this lower creation could be more glorious, and that Mr Allworthy himself presented--a human being replete with benevolence, meditating in what manner he might render himself most acceptable to his Creator, by doing most good to his creatures.
They could, therefore, make observations in four different directions; the firmament by the side and most direct windows, the earth or the moon by the upper and under openings in the projectile.
The black curtain of the firmament in reality heightened the moon's brilliancy, which in this void of ether unfavorable to diffusion did not eclipse the neighboring stars.
They pointed out to them that the firmament, with its infinitude of stars, may be considered as one vast dial-plate, upon which the moon travels, indicating the true time to all the inhabitants of the earth; that it is during this movement that the Queen of Night exhibits her different phases; that the moon is full when she is in opposition with the sun, that is when the three bodies are on the same straight line, the earth occupying the center; that she is new when she is in conjunction with the sun, that is, when she is between it and the earth; and, lastly that she is in her first or last quarter, when she makes with the sun and the earth an angle of which she herself occupies the apex.
And when the long twilight cometh and the mortal weariness, even then wilt thou not disappear from our firmament, thou advocate of life!
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.
Preceding each shower a mysterious gloom, like the passage of a shadow above the firmament of gray clouds, filters down upon the ship.
Nine; the seven planets, the firmament, and the empyreal heaven.