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amphitheatre


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Amphitheater  \Am`phi*the"a*ter\,  Amphitheatre 
  \Am`phi*the"a*tre\,,  n.  [L.  amphitheatrum  fr  Gr  ?;  ?  +  ? 
  theater:  cf  F.  amphith['e][^a]tre.  See  {Theater}.] 
  1.  An  oval  or  circular  building  with  rising  tiers  of  seats 
  about  an  open  space  called  the  arena. 
 
  Note:  The  Romans  first  constructed  amphitheaters  for  combats 
  of  gladiators  and  wild  beasts. 
 
  2.  Anything  resembling  an  amphitheater  in  form  as  a  level 
  surrounded  by  rising  slopes  or  hills,  or  a  rising  gallery 
  in  a  theater. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  amphitheatre 
  n  1:  a  sloping  gallery  with  seats  for  spectators  (as  in  an 
  operating  room  or  theater)  [syn:  {amphitheater}] 
  2:  a  oval  large  stadium  with  tiers  of  seats;  an  arena  in  which 
  contests  and  spectacles  are  held  [syn:  {amphitheater},  {coliseum}] 




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