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amphitheater (ăm´fəthē´ətər, ăm´pə–), open structure used for the exhibition of gladiatorial contests, struggles of wild beasts, sham sea battles, and similar spectacles. There is no Greek prototype of amphitheaters, which were primarily Roman and were built in many cities throughout the empire. More or less well-preserved examples are at Rome (see Colosseum), Verona, and Capua in Italy; at Nîmes and Arles in France; at Cirencester in England; and at sites in Sicily, Greece, and North Africa. The typical amphitheater was elliptical in shape, with seats, supported on vaults of masonry, rising in many tiers around an arena at the center; corridors and stairs facilitated the circulation of great throngs. The arena itself was usually built over the quarters for gladiators, wild animals, and storage. Until the erection of the Colosseum (AD 80), practically all amphitheaters were of wood, the notable exception being that of stone built at Pompeii c.70 BC The word amphitheater is now applied to modern structures which may bear little resemblance to their ancient prototypes.

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amphitheatre A flat-topped, steep-walled, depression that is shaped like a horseshoe and resembles an ancient Greek theatre. It may be the result of glacial erosion, forming a cirque, or the collapse of a volcano. In the case of Mount St Helens, Washington, the catastrophic collapse of the summit and northern slopes of the cone and the subsequent pyroclastic flow eruption on 18May1980 created a north-facing amphitheatre enclosing a small active vent, later occupied by a small dacite dome.

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am·phi·the·a·ter / ˈamfəˌ[unvoicedth]ēətər/ • n. (esp. in Greek and Roman architecture) a round building, typically unroofed, with a central space for the presentation of dramatic or sporting events. Tiers of seats surround the central space. ∎  a sloping, semicircular seating gallery: a lecture in the amphitheater of the hospital. ∎  a large circular hollow in rocks or hills.

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amphitheatre Flat-topped, steep-walled, depression, shaped like a horseshoe and resembling an ancient Greek theatre. It may be the result of glacial erosion, forming a cirque, or the collapse of a volcano. In the case of Mount St Helens, the catastrophic collapse of the summit and northern slopes of the cone and the subsequent pyroclastic flow eruption on 18 May 1980 created a north-facing amphitheatre enclosing a small active vent, later occupied by a small dacite dome.

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amphitheatre In ancient Rome and the Roman Empire, a large circular or oval building with the performance space surrounded by tiered seating. It was used as a theatre for gladiatorial contests, wild-animal shows and similar events. Many ruined amphitheatres remain; the best-known being the Colosseum in Rome. The term is now used generically to refer to any open, banked arena.

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amphitheatre.
1. Roman building-type resembling two theatres joined together to form an arena, elliptical on plan (viz. the Colosseum in Rome).

2. Bowl-like garden feature, planted or not, sometimes used for open-air performances, with tiers.

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amphitheatre oval or circular building round an arena. XIV. — L. amphitheātrum — Gr. amphithéātron; see AMPHI-, THEATRE.

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amphitheatertheatre (US theater) •realtor •amphitheatre (US amphitheater) •proprietor, rioter •breakfaster • comforter • Lancaster •Doncaster •Alasdair, baluster •bardolater, idolater •amateur, shamateur •schemata • stigmata • automata •traumata • covenanter •Mahabharata • orator • warranter •Alberta, asserter, Bizerta, converter, deserter, Goethe, inserter, kurta, perverter, reverter, subverter •frankfurter

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amphitheatretheatre (US theater) •realtor •amphitheatre (US amphitheater) •proprietor, rioter •breakfaster • comforter • Lancaster •Doncaster •Alasdair, baluster •bardolater, idolater •amateur, shamateur •schemata • stigmata • automata •traumata • covenanter •Mahabharata • orator • warranter •Alberta, asserter, Bizerta, converter, deserter, Goethe, inserter, kurta, perverter, reverter, subverter •frankfurter

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