Definitions for: Firmament


[n] the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected



Webster (1913) Definition: Fir"ma*ment, n. [L. firmamentum, fr. firmare to make
firm: cf. F. firmament. See Firm, v. & a.]
1. Fixed foundation; established basis. [Obs.]

Custom is the . . . firmament of the law. --Jer.
Taylor.

2. The region of the air; the sky or heavens.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst
of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the
waters. --Gen. i. 6.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament.
--Gen. i. 14.

Note: In Scripture, the word denotes an expanse, a wide
extent; the great arch or expanse over out heads, in
which are placed the atmosphere and the clouds, and in
which the stars appear to be placed, and are really
seen.

3. (Old Astron.) The orb of the fixed stars; the most rmote
of the celestial spheres.

Synonyms: celestial sphere, empyrean, heavens, sphere, vault of heaven, welkin

See Also: apex, apex of the sun's way, celestial point, nadir, solar apex, surface, zenith, zodiac

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