• WordNet 3.6
    • n amphitheater an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
    • n amphitheater a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Amphitheater An oval or circular building with rising tiers of seats about an open space called the arena.
    • Amphitheater Anything resembling an amphitheater in form; as, a level surrounded by rising slopes or hills, or a rising gallery in a theater.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amphitheater In anc. Rom. arch., an edifice devoted to the exhibition of gladiatorial contests and the combats of wild beasts. Such edifices were elliptical in form, and consisted of a central area or arena, surrounded by a wall, from which, sloping upward and outward, were rows of seats for the spectators. The earliest amphitheaters were made of wood; the first built of stone date from the time of Augustus. The Colosseum or Flavian amphitheater at Rome was the largest of all the ancient amphitheaters, being capable of containing from 80,000 to 90,000 persons. Those at Nimes and Verona are among the best examples remaining. The dimensions of the latter are 505½ by 403 feet, with a height of 100 feet.
    • n amphitheater Anything resembling an amphitheater in form, as an oval or circular building with seats rising behind and above each other around a central open space, or a natural area surrounded by rising ground; in horticulture, a sloping arrangement of shrubs and trees.
    • n amphitheater The uppermost gallery of a modern theater.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. amphitheatrum, fr. Gr. ; + theater: cf. F. amphithéâtre,. See Theater


In literature:

Taking Loto, who looked on with frightened eyes, the three women stepped back against the side wall of the amphitheater.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
I have forgotten the amphitheater, which is of great magnitude tho inferior to the Coliseum.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
Once within this amphitheater whose vertical walls rise twenty to thirty feet, no fighting cover is available.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Finally, to make room for the ever-increasing number of theater goers, a huge amphitheater was built.
"The Story of the Greeks" by H. A. Guerber
It was a small darkened amphitheater, with a curving row of seats along one wall.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
Lucullus gave Marcellus in charge to them, and led the company out of the amphitheater.
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
Around the palm-leaf huts that occupied the center of the amphitheater, an altar of bamboo had been erected.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
A short distance first, just outside the amphitheater, just a small test.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
This formed a natural amphitheater.
"The Fight for the Argonne" by William Benjamin West
Crowds began to collect in the great amphitheater early in the morning.
"Mary Queen of Scots, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
At length he reached to where the ravine had opened through the cliffs to the amphitheater; but no traces of such opening remained.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
Rabbit Hash, Ky. (502 miles), is a crude hamlet of a hundred souls, lying nestled in a green amphitheater.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
They are amphitheaters, and cover perhaps half an acre of ground.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
The throne was still empty, and the thousands in the amphitheater seemed waiting for an occupant.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Surrounded by rugged peaks and snow fields these natural amphitheaters present a pleasing contrast.
"The Beauties of the State of Washington" by Harry F. Giles
We seemed to stand on a high rostrum in the center of the greatest amphitheater in the world.
"Alaska Days with John Muir" by Samual Hall Young
Delphi was a small town built in a sort of valley, shaped like an amphitheater, on the southern side of Mount Parnassus.
"Cyrus the Great" by Jacob Abbott
The noble river with its superb amphitheater of mountains no longer had power to enthrall their senses.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Now their chauffeured air-suspension limo was tooling them up through the thickening crowds to the hill-cradled amphitheater.
"Telempathy" by Vance Simonds
Timea gazed at the play of the aquatic population; it was like a bird's-eye view of an amphitheater.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai

In news:

Planter beds double as benches along the grand pathway leading to a shaded canopy/amphitheater in the new East End park.
The $6.4 million project includes an amphitheater with seating for more than 4 thousand people.
Metal rockers Deftones took part in the Epicenter Festival in Irvine, Calif this past weekend, performing Saturday night (September 22) at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
Stone Temple Pilots will headline the event, which will be held September 22 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA.
5,000 capacity amphitheater on the West Bank of the Flats .
He'll have his band, Free Flight, in tow when he visits the Chautauqua Institution's Amphitheater on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis.
Tix available at Live Nation, at the Gibson Amphitheater Box.
The festival will be held Aug 25-27 at the Tumbleweed Amphitheater in Stillwater.
Finishing off its summer season with flair, California Shakespeare Theater presents one of the Bard's greatest plays: " Hamlet " running through Oct 14, at the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater in Orinda.
Lee Amphitheater, New Haven, CT. Sikma 8 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast.
1 hit 'Honey Bee' together at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif over the weekend.
Steve Harris of Iron Maiden performs Wednesday at the Marcus Amphitheater.
Doors closed early at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, so jam fans made their way down the street to watch the Heavy Pets perform.
It has been rescheduled for Sept 22 after a free concert at the Duluth Festival Center Amphitheater.