The Basics of Domino


Domino is a small rectangular block, the face of which may be blank or marked by dots resembling those on dice. A complete set consists of 28 such blocks. The word and the game dominoes are both named after a Latin phrase, dominum, meaning “dominant.” The earlier senses of the word, in English and French, denoted a long hooded cloak worn together with a mask during carnival season or at a masquerade and a cape worn by a priest over his surplice.

A domino is a small rectangular piece of wood or plastic, bearing from one to six pips or dots. A domino is the starting point for many games played with a series of these small tiles. A domino can also be used to create a design on the table, such as lines and angular patterns, or 3D structures like towers and pyramids. Some designs require complex calculations.

There are many different rules for different domino games. However, most of the time a player makes a play by placing his tile in such a way that it fits with other pieces already on the table. If he does not make this match, he must draw another tile from the stock. If a player does not have a matching piece, he must either pass or “knock.” (A knock is made by rapping the table with a finger) In most games, the players sit in an order determined by lot after the dominoes are shuffled. The player holding the highest double, or a higher single, begins play. The rules for the specific game may specify that ties are broken by drawing new hands.

When a player’s turn comes, he draws a domino from the stock and places it on the table. The next player then plays his tile over the top of the previous one. This causes the other dominoes in his hand to fall over, creating a line of play. In many games, the player who makes this line must follow certain instructions. These rules are described in the section of this website called Line of Play.

Some people use dominoes to create intricate designs, such as curved lines and grids that form pictures when the dominoes tumble. These projects can be very challenging to do, especially when there are a lot of dominoes. But, the domino artist Hevesh explains that there is one physical phenomenon that helps her achieve these amazing works of art. “Gravity is the main factor,” she says, referring to the force that pulls down each domino and causes it to fall over.

When David Brandon took over as CEO of Domino’s in 2013, he was determined to address the company’s problems. A top priority was to listen closely to Domino’s employees and to be willing to change the company’s traditions if necessary. This stance extended to the company’s customers. One of Domino’s core values is Champion Our Customers, and Doyle’s leadership style has embraced this value.