Amphitheatrically

amphitheater

[am-fuh-thee-uh-ter, -theeuh-ter]
noun
1.
an oval or round building with tiers of seats around a central open area, as those used in ancient Rome for gladiatorial contests.
2.
any similar place for public contests, games, performances, exhibitions, etc.; an arena, stadium, or auditorium.
3.
a room having tiers of seats arranged around a central area, in which students and other observers can view surgery, hear lectures, etc.
4.
British.
a.
the first section of seats in the gallery of a theater.
b.
a designated section of seats in any part of a theater.
5.
a level area of oval or circular shape surrounded by rising ground.
Also, amphitheatre.


Origin:
1540–50; < Latin amphitheātrum < Greek amphithéātron. See amphi-, theater

amphitheatric [am-fuh-thee-a-trik] , amphitheatrical, adjective
amphitheatrically, adverb
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amphitheatre or amphitheater (ˈæmfɪˌθɪətə)
 
n
1.  a building, usually circular or oval, in which tiers of seats rise from a central open arena, as in those of ancient Rome
2.  a place where contests are held; arena
3.  any level circular area of ground surrounded by higher ground
4.  a.  the first tier of seats in the gallery of a theatre
 b.  any similarly designated seating area in a theatre
5.  a lecture room in which seats are tiered away from a central area
 
amphitheater or amphitheater
 
n
 
amphitheatric or amphitheater
 
adj
 
amphithe'atrical or amphitheater
 
adj
 
amphithe'atrically or amphitheater
 
adv

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amphitheater
1540s, from L. amphitheatrum, from Gk. amphitheatron, neut. of amphitheatros "with spectators all around," from amphi- "on both sides" + theatron "theater," from theasthai "watch, look at" (see theater). Classical theaters were semi-circles, thus two together made an amphi-theater.
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