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Sunday, April 14, 2002

firmament

\FUR-muh-muhnt\ , noun;
1.
The region of the air; the sky; the heavens.
2.
The field or sphere of an interest or activity.
Quotes:
But to judge by the twinkling summer stars that filled the firmament, the dawn was still far off.
-- A. B. Yehoshua, A Journey to the End of the Millennium
Studying the firmament--the night vault that sparkles with thousands of flickering lights--is older than recorded history.
-- William E. Burrows, This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age
The glossy magazines have branded her a rising star, shooting up into the firmament of mega fashion stardom.
-- Hadley Freeman, "If I see one more black suit, I'll want to roll over and die", The Guardian, December 14, 2001
Origin:
Firmament comes from Late Latin firmamentum, "firmness, the sky," from Latin firmare, "to make firm."
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