• WordNet 3.6
    • n Colosseum a large amphitheater in Rome whose construction was begun by Vespasian about AD 75 or 80
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: England's Stonehenge is 1500 years older than Rome's Colosseum.
    • n Colosseum The amphitheater of Vespasian in Rome.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n colosseum A name given on account of its size to the Flavian amphitheater in Rome, the greatest of ancient amphitheaters, which was begun by the emperor Vespasian (Titus Flavins Sabinus), and finished by his son Titus in a. d. 80. A large portion of the structure still exists, part of the wall being entire. The outline of the Colosseum is elliptic, the exterior length of the building being 607 feet, and its breadth 512 feet; it is pierced with 80 vaulted openings or vomitories in the ground story, over which are superimposed on the exterior face three other stories, the whole rising perpendicularly to a height of 159 feet. The lower story is decorated between the arches with Doric semi-columns; the second and third stories, also with arched openings, bear respectively Ionic and Corinthian semi-columns; and the fourth story, which is higher than the others, and walled in, bears an equal number of Corinthian pilasters, and is pierced in alternate intercolumniations with rectangular windows, and in the remaining intercolumniations with smaller rectangular openings at a lower level. The arena is 253 by 153 feet, and covers extensive substructions provided for the needs and machinery of ordinary gladiatorial displays, and for the flooding of the arena to convert the amphitheater into a place for naval contests when required. A system of awnings was provided for shading the entire interior. It is estimated that the Colosseum provided seats for 87,000 spectators. The exterior of the building is faced with blocks of travertin; the interior is built of brick, with considerable use of marble. See amphitheater.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Colosseum Vespasian's amphitheatre at Rome, which was the largest in the world
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Neut., fr. L. colosseus, gigantic. See Coliseum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. kolossos.


In literature:

In A.D. 81 Titus dedicated the Colosseum, which was now completed, and also his famous baths, the ruins of which may still be visited at Rome.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
I hope so: it was one of the best in the thing, and better than the Colosseum.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4" by Lord Byron
Colosseum, Rome, i, 317.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
A circus or theatre of our day is a toy compared to the Colosseum.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Citizen Scalcagnato issues all the passports for those that leave the city by the Colosseum gate.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
The Colosseum, which is of an oval form, occupies the space of nearly six acres.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)" by Shearjashub Spooner
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
The Colosseum, the work of Vespasian, dedicated by Titus.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
On Sunday a whole Colosseum fronts him and he is glutted with gore from morning until night.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Do you see the Colosseum over yonder?
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner

In news:

Like the Tower of Pisa , Rome's Colosseum is starting to lean.
Luis Miguel at the Colosseum.
International superstar Shania Twain rides up the Las Vegas Strip on horseback to greet fans on to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on November 14, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Like the Tower of Pisa, Rome's Colosseum is starting to lean.
Italian police have recovered hundreds of ancient artifacts in their latest effort against looted art, and chosen a unique setting to display them: The Colosseum.
Paul Simon plays The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Monday on the strength of his latest album, "So Beautiful or So What.".
The Comedy Central star brings the Colosseum to your couch.
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Oct 24.
Tickets are $59.50, $85, $120 and $145 and go on sale at 10 am today at The Colosseum box office, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd South, and Ticketmaster outlets.
Protective barrier to ring Rome's Colosseum.
The Showgirl Must Go On", the highly anticipated show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace".
Rod returns to Las Vegas with his resident show Rod Stewart "The Hits" live at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
The ancient Colosseum of Rome , where gladiators fought for their lives, is slanting about 40 cm (16 inches).
Rod returns to Las Vegas with his resident show Rod Stewart "The Hits" live at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Shania Twain rides up the Las Vegas Strip on horseback to greet fans on to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Nov 14, 2012, in Las Vegas.