Dominoes are small rectangular blocks, often black and white, with a line down the center and a set of numbers on each end. They can be used to play a variety of games, including the popular draw game where players take turns placing dominoes on a table. When someone knocks over a domino, the next player takes over and continues the chain by placing another tile on the top of the first one.
While dominoes are commonly used for games, they can also be used to create artistic designs and even build structures. Some of these works can be quite elaborate, and many involve using multiple types of dominoes to create a unique design. In fact, a Domino’s employee recently helped break the world record for largest domino art installation. Watch this video to see the incredible creation.
Lily Hevesh has spent her entire life working with dominoes, and her goal is to create large scale patterns that will amaze people. She’s even worked on a team that created a circular arrangement with over 300,000 dominoes. One of the reasons Hevesh’s designs are so impressive is that they all fall according to the laws of physics. This is because the top of each domino pushes against the bottom of the next, which then pushes back against the bottom of the previous domino, and so on. This process is referred to as the Domino Effect, and it’s what allows Hevesh to create such intricate designs.
In the early 1960s, Domino’s was a little known pizza chain in Michigan that was just starting to expand beyond its home base of Ypsilanti. The company’s growth was fueled by a simple strategy: put pizza places near colleges, where students would be most likely to want fast food. This quickly became a winning formula and allowed Domino’s to become one of the biggest pizza chains in the United States.
Domino’s has also been at the forefront of new technology, including experimenting with ways for customers to order pizza by texting an emoji or even through devices like Amazon Echo. The company’s success is a testament to its understanding of how to address customer needs and what it takes to succeed in the modern business landscape.
The word domino is also used to describe a person or situation that has the potential to trigger a series of events with far-reaching consequences. The idiom is often associated with political situations, but the concept can be applied to any scenario in which a small trigger can lead to an unforeseen outcome. For example, if a country decides to open its borders to refugees, that action could have far-reaching effects on global security and politics. This article is adapted from an article originally published on November 14, 2015. The examples in this article were programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word ‘domino.’ Opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Merriam-Webster or its editors.