1. Fixed foundation; established basis. "Custom is the . . . Firmament of the law." (Jer. Taylor)
2. The region
of the air; the heaven
or heavens. "And God said, Allow there
be a firmament
in the mist
of the waters, and allow it divide
from the waters." (Gen. I. 6) "And God said, Allow there
be lights in the firmament." (Gen. I. 14)
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 indeed seen.
3. The orb of the fixed
stars; the most rmote of the celestial spheres.
Origin: L. Firmamentum, fr. Firmare to create company: cf. F. Firmament. See Company, v. &.
Source: Websters Vocabulary