• WordNet 3.6
    • n cupola a roof in the form of a dome
    • n cupola a vertical cylindrical furnace for melting iron for casting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cupola A furnace for melting iron or other metals in large quantity, -- used chiefly in foundries and steel works.
    • Cupola A revolving shot-proof turret for heavy ordnance.
    • Cupola (Arch) A roof having a rounded form, hemispherical or nearly so; also, a ceiling having the same form. When on a large scale it is usually called dome.
    • Cupola A small structure standing on the top of a dome; a lantern.
    • Cupola (Anat) The top of the spire of the cochlea of the ear.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cupola In architecture, a vault, either hemispherical or produced by the revolution about its axis of two curves intersecting at the apex, or by a semi-ellipse covering a circular or polygonal area, and supported either upon four arches or upon solid walls. The Italian word signifies a hemispherical roof which covers a circular building, like the Pantheon at Rome or the temple of Vesta at Tivoli. Most modern cupolas are semi-elliptical, cut through their shortest diameter; but the greater number of ancient cupolas were hemispherical. In colloquial use, the cupola is often considered as a diminutive dome, or the name is specifically applied to a small structure rising above a roof and often having the character of a tower or lantern, and in no sense that of a dome.
    • n cupola The round top of any structure, as of a furnace; the structure itself. See cupola-furnace. Specifically
    • n cupola Milit., a revolving shot-proof turret, formed of strong timbers, and armored with massive iron plates. In some systems of cupolas the tower is erected on a base which is made to turn on its center by means of steam-power. Within the turret heavy ordnance is placed, and fired through openings in the sides. Farrow, Mil. Encye.
    • n cupola In anatomy: The summit of the cochlea. The summit of an intestinal gland.
    • n cupola In conchology, the so-called dorsal or visceral hump, made by the heap of viscera.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cupola kū′po-la a spherical vault, or concave ceiling, on the top of a building: the internal part of a dome: a dome
    • v.t Cupola to furnish with such
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. cupola, LL. cupula, cuppula,cf. L. cupula, little tub). fr. cupa, cuppa, cup; cf. L. cupa, tub. So called on account of its resemblance to a cup turned over. See Cup, and cf. Cupule


In literature:

A part of my duty was to watch the fanning mill (in the high cupola) in order that the sieves should not clog.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
I'd say they ought to crawl your cupola for loose shingles!
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
A ship, two of them, three of them came darting from somewhere, towards the administration building, with its glass cupola.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
Emerging through the trees were the roofs, the cupola and ivy-bowered windows of the home of Shelby, most homeless at home.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
None have attempted to approach him in architecture; the cupola of St Peter's stands alone in the world.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
Schinnahal Tank at back, with cupolas, too beautiful for words.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The chief entrance to Hatfield House is on the northern side, and above it rises a cupola.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
Up in the blue of the cupola shine the stars, speaking peace, as they always do, those unchanging friends.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Eastern churches in this style usually took the form of the Greek cross, this form being better calculated to support the weight of the cupola.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them" by Sidney Heath
Outside the church, near the top of the wall of a cupola-shaped finial of the rood loft turret is an old sun dial.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
We'll be on the cupola before long, anyhow.
"Calumet 'K'" by Samuel Merwin
You don't think I'm going to fly, jump or deliver orations from the cupola, do you?
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
At that time, therefore, the nave and cupola remained to be completed.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Talk of Brunellesco and his cupola, of the engineers of the Duke of Calabria!
"Renaissance Fancies and Studies" by Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
In the midst rose the rock like a lighted cupola, wreathed with fiery roses, on whose top old lavender bushes formed a thicket.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
The roof was overloaded with timber, the west wall was cracking, and the wooden cupola of the bell let in the rain.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Think what happened to our Domenichino, when he was painting the cupola of the chapel of St. Januarius.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
The Burns Monument is a circular edifice with columns and a cupola.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various
This cupola sheltered a statue of Love fashioning his bow, the work of an Athenian sculptor.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
She closed her eyes, as if dazzled by the reflection on the glass cupola.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach

In poetry:

How golden-hot the ore is
From the cupola spurting,
Tossing the flaming petals
Over the silt and furnace ash - Blown leaves, devastating,
Falling about the world…
"The Song Of Iron" by Lola Ridge
From this windy bridge at rest,
In some former curious hour,
We have watched the city's hue,
All along the orange west,
Cupola and pointed tower,
Darken into solid blue.
"Sunset" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

The Grand Princess twice the size of the Titanic -- sailed into port on Sunday night and seemed to eclipse even the cupola of St Mark's Cathedral.
AFTER dining in the courtyard of a colonial mansion, couples at Bodegon de La Candelaria climb narrow stairs for rum drinks in a rooftop cupola.
The clock on the cupola tower at Mount St Mary's University should be a reminder of more than the fact that class begins in 30 seconds, according to the Rev.
The cupola 's repairs also are to be done yet this summer.
Cupola placed atop CNU chapel.
Suffolk Construction celebrates raising of Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum cupola .
Officials from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum to celebrate the raising and placement of the cupola on the roof of the museum structure.
The grand opening of the windows was performed to make certain the Cupola 's shutters would work as intended.
Comedy at the Cupola .
Whether functional or ornamental , a cupola enhances a garage.
It's actually a cupola for a garage.
Courtesy of Pimlico Race Course The ashes of former Pimlico general manager Chick Lang, who passed away March 18 at the age of 83, were spread in the Preakness winners' circle near the cupola.
It was supposed to be built with white limestone and have a square cupola instead of a dome.
Dressed in little-girl pink with its peaked roof and cupolas, gingerbread and year-round string of Christmas lights, Tootsie's Drive-Thru looks like it was plucked right off Disneyland's Main Street.
They have a rain harvesting system, a beautiful red shed with a $900 cupola on top and great raised beds.