Firmament

Fir"ma*ment

(?), n. [L. firmamentum, fr. firmare to make firm: cf. F. firmament. See Firm, v. & a.] 1. Fixed foundation; established basis. [Obs.]
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Custom is the . . . firmament of the law.
Jer. Taylor.
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2. The region of the air; the sky or heavens.
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And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Gen. i. 6.
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And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament.
Gen. i. 14.
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In Scripture, the word denotes an expanse, a wide extent; the great arch or expanse over out heads, in which are placed the atmosphere and the clouds, and in which the stars appear to be placed, and are really seen.
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3. (Old Astron.) The orb of the fixed stars; the most rmote of the celestial spheres.
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