The fifth major tone of a musical scale (five major steps above the note in question); thus G is the dominant of C, A of D, and so on.
The triad built on the dominant tone.
A gene that is dominant.
A species or organism that is dominant.
The dominating partner in sadomasochistic sexual activity.
Ruling; governing; prevailing
“The dominant party controlled the government.”
Predominant, common, prevalent, of greatest importance.
“The dominant plants of the Carboniferous were lycopods and early conifers.”
Designating the follicle which will survive atresia and permit ovulation.
Inactive, sleeping, asleep, suspended.
“Grass goes dormant during the winter, waiting for spring before it grows again.”
“The bank account was dormant; there had been no transactions in months.”
“This volcano is dormant but not extinct.”
In a sleeping posture; distinguished from couchant.
“a lion dormant”
A crossbeam or joist.