|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|1.||having primary control, authority, or influence; governing; ruling|
|2.||predominant or primary: the dominant topic of the day|
|3.||occupying a commanding position|
|4.||genetics Compare recessive|
|a. (of an allele) producing the same phenotype in the organism irrespective of whether the allele of the same gene is identical or dissimilar|
|b. (of a character) controlled by such a gene|
|5.||music of or relating to the fifth degree of a scale|
|6.||ecology (of a plant or animal species within a community) more prevalent than any other species and determining the appearance and composition of the community|
|a. a dominant allele or character|
|b. an organism having such an allele or character|
|a. the fifth degree of a scale and the second in importance after the tonic|
|b. a key or chord based on this|
|9.||ecology a dominant plant or animal in a community|
dominant dom·i·nant (dŏm'ə-nənt)
Exercising the most influence or control.
Of, relating to, or being an allele that produces the same phenotypic effect whether inherited with a homozygous or heterozygous allele.
A dominant allele or trait.
An organism having a dominant trait.
|dominant (dŏm'ə-nənt) Pronunciation Key
in music, the fifth tone or degree of a diatonic scale (i.e., any of the major or minor scales of the tonal harmonic system), or the triad built upon this degree. In the key of C, for example, the dominant degree is the note G; the dominant triad is formed by the notes G-B-D in the key of C major or C minor. For further explanations of these relationships, see also cadence and harmony
Learn more about dominant with a free trial on Britannica.com.