Domino is a small flat rectangular block used as an element of gaming or for other purposes. Also known as bones, cards, men, pieces, or tiles, dominoes are made of rigid material such as bone or wood and have a square on one face with an arrangement of spots, called pips, similar to the markings on a die. The other face is blank or identically patterned to the identity-bearing side. The number of pips on each end may vary, but some dominoes are marked with no pips at all. Dominoes are normally twice as long as they are wide. A domino layout may be curved, grid-like, or 3D, with a base, towers, pyramids, or other structures. Some domino games are adaptations of card games, while others, such as Concentration, have a very different character and may have been developed to circumvent religious prohibitions against playing cards.
The word domino is derived from the Latin dominus, meaning “lord”. A lord is a powerful person in a feudal society. A lord’s power was generally recognized by the fact that he could control the use of property and the resources of the people under his authority. This dominance was reflected in the name of many a feudal castle and manor house.
In the modern business world, a domino effect is a phenomenon by which an initial action triggers a chain reaction that leads to other actions and events. A positive domino effect can result from any action, but it is most often associated with the execution of a plan or strategy. Whether it’s writing a novel off the cuff or creating a data science pipeline, the concept of a domino effect can help us make sense of how to create and implement successful strategies and solutions.
Lily Hevesh began collecting dominoes when she was 9 years old and enjoyed setting them up in straight or curved lines, flicking the first domino and watching it fall one at a time. This passion led to a career as a professional domino artist, and her YouTube channel, Hevesh5, has more than 2 million subscribers. She has created spectacular setups for movies, TV shows, and events such as the album launch of pop star Katy Perry.
A good domino is a task that contributes to an important goal and requires a large amount of time and attention to complete. These tasks are difficult to start, but when completed will have a significant impact on the future. For example, outlining a financial plan or creating a new company policy could be considered good dominoes as each step in the process is vital for the success of the final product.
Some traditional domino sets are made of natural materials such as bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory, or a dark hardwood such as ebony, with contrasting black or white pips. Other modern domino sets are made of plastic, ceramic clay, or metal. While these sets have a more unique appearance, they can be less durable than those made of natural materials.