Dominant meaning

dŏmə-nənt
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The definition of dominant is a person who is in a position of power or who is exhibiting powerful or controlling tendencies.

An example of dominant is a strong and powerful CEO.

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Tending to be stronger than its counterpart or used for the most important tasks or in the most pressing situations.

Which is your dominant eye? Throw the ball with your dominant arm.

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Dominant refers to a gene that will present itself by producing a characteristic that can be inherited.

An example of a dominant gene is the brown-eyed gene, compared to the blue-eyed gene which is recessive.

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Dominant is defined a person who exhibits power and control or a thing, like a gene, that exerts itself and makes itself known.

An example of dominant is the brown-eyed gene.

An example of dominant is a CEO.

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Of, relating to, or being an allele that produces the same phenotypic effect in heterozygotes as in homozygotes.
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The dominant party controlled the government.

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Relating to or being an allele that produces the same phenotypic effect in heterozygotes as in homozygotes.
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Relating to or based on the fifth tone of a diatonic scale.
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Being an animal that occupies the highest position in a social hierarchy and has the greatest access to resources such as food and a mate or mates. Social dominance is gained and maintained through factors such as size and aggressiveness.
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Of or based upon the fifth tone of a diatonic scale.
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That species of plant or animal most numerous in a community or exercising control over the other organisms by its influence upon the environment.
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The fifth note of a diatonic scale.
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Tending to be stronger than its counterpart or used for the most important tasks or in the most pressing situations.

Which is your dominant eye? Throw the ball with your dominant arm.

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Relating to or being a species that is most characteristic of an ecological community and usually determines the presence, abundance, and type of other species.
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A dominant allele or a trait produced by a dominant allele.
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A dominant species.
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Relating to the form of a gene that expresses a trait, such as hair color, in an individual organism. The dominant form of a gene overpowers the counterpart, or recessive, form located on the other of a pair of chromosomes.
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Relating to the trait expressed by such a gene.
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Being a species that has the greatest effect within its ecological community, especially by determining the presence, abundance, or type of other species. As a plant community progresses through stages of succession, different species may become dominant for a period until the climax community is reached, at which point the dominant species remains stable until a major disruption occurs. Among animals, the dominant species in a community is generally the top predator or the most abundant or widespread species.
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(music) 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.
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(music) The triad built on the dominant tone.
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The dominant plants of the Carboniferous were lycopods and early conifers.

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Higher; overlooking.

Dominant hills.

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Of, relating to, or being a species that is most characteristic of an ecological community and usually determines the presence, abundance, and type of other species.
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A dominant allele or a trait produced by a dominant allele.
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A dominant species.
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The fifth tone of a diatonic scale.
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Exercising authority or influence; dominating; ruling; prevailing.
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Designating or relating to that one of any pair of allelic hereditary factors which, when both are present in the germ plasm, dominates over the other and appears in the organism.
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A dominant character or factor.
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Origin of dominant

  • Middle English dominaunt from Old French from Latin domināns dominant- present participle of dominārī to dominate dominate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French dominant.

    From Wiktionary