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NOUN (2)

1. (music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale;

2. an allele that produces the same phenotype whether its paired allele is identical or different;
[syn: dominant allele, dominant]


ADJECTIVE (3)

1. exercising influence or control;
- Example: "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"
- Example: "the dominant partner in the marriage"

2. (of genes) producing the same phenotype whether its allele is identical or dissimilar;

3. most frequent or common;
- Example: "prevailing winds"
[syn: prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rife]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dominant \Dom"i*nant\, a. [L. dominans, -antis, p. pr. of dominari: cf. F. dominant. See Dominate.] Ruling; governing; prevailing; controlling; predominant; as, the dominant party, church, spirit, power. [1913 Webster] The member of a dominant race is, in his dealings with the subject race, seldom indeed fraudulent, . . . but imperious, insolent, and cruel. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Dominant estate or Dominant tenement (Law), the estate to which a servitude or easement is due from another estate, the estate over which the servitude extends being called the servient estate or tenement. --Bouvier. --Wharton's Law Dict. Dominant owner (Law), one who owns lands on which there is an easement owned by another. [1913 Webster] Syn: Governing; ruling; controlling; prevailing; predominant; ascendant. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dominant \Dom"i*nant\, n. (Mus.) The fifth tone of the scale; thus G is the dominant of C, A of D, and so on. [1913 Webster] Dominant chord (Mus.), the chord based upon the dominant. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

dominant adj 1: exercising influence or control; "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage" [ant: low-level, subordinate] 2: (of genes) producing the same phenotype whether its allele is identical or dissimilar [ant: recessive] 3: most frequent or common; "prevailing winds" [syn: prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rife] n 1: (music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale 2: an allele that produces the same phenotype whether its paired allele is identical or different [syn: dominant allele, dominant]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DOMINANT. estates. In the civil law, this term is used to signify the estate to which a servitude or easement is due from another estate; for example, where the owners of the estate, Blackacre, have a right of way or passage over the estate Whiteacre, the former is called the dominant, and the latter the servient estate. Bouv. Inst. n. 1600.