|1.||a roof or ceiling in the form of a dome|
|2.||a small structure, usually domed, on the top of a roof or dome|
|3.||a protective dome for a gun on a warship|
|4.||a vertical air-blown coke-fired cylindrical furnace in which iron is remelted for casting|
|[C16: from Italian, from Late Latin cūpula a small cask, from Latin cūpa tub]|
|says universe's massive particles attract other such particles with force proportional to their mass|
|says all planets move in elliptical orbits with the sun at one focus|
cupola cu·po·la (ky&oomacr;'pə-lə)
A cup-shaped or domelike structure.
A small ornamental structure rising from a roof. Cupolas are often dome shaped.
in architecture, small dome, often resembling an overturned cup, placed on a circular, polygonal, or square base or on small pillars or a glassed-in lantern. It is used to crown a turret, roof, or larger dome. The inner vault of a dome is also a cupola.
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