amphitheatre


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amphitheatre

(US), amphitheater
1. a building, usually circular or oval, in which tiers of seats rise from a central open arena, as in those of ancient Rome
2. any level circular area of ground surrounded by higher ground
3. 
a. the first tier of seats in the gallery of a theatre
b. any similarly designated seating area in a theatre
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The amphitheatre, like all I had ever seen upon Barsoom, was built in a large excavation.
On both sides of the throne stretched a solid mass of humanity from top to bottom of the amphitheatre.
For an instant silence reigned in the great amphitheatre, then a wild shout arose from the cages of the doomed.
In another moment the entire amphitheatre was filled with the shrieks of the dying and the wounded, mingled with the clash of arms and triumphant shouts of the victors.
it rose and fell until it swelled to a mighty volume of sound that swept in great billows around the entire amphitheatre.
As I have said, the pool lay in a sort of amphitheatre.
The Alps here come closer to the lake, and we approached the amphitheatre of mountains which forms its eastern boundary.
All the paddles flashed and struck together with a mighty splash that reverberated loudly in the monumental amphitheatre of hills.
I was quite charmed with the appearance of the town, and its adjoining suburb of Mount Auburn: from which the city, lying in an amphitheatre of hills, forms a picture of remarkable beauty, and is seen to great advantage.
The ruins of the vast old Amphitheatre, of the old Temples, of the old commemorative Arches, of the old trodden highways, of the old tombs, besides being what they were, to her were ruins of the old Marshalsea--ruins of her own old life--ruins of the faces and forms that of old peopled it--ruins of its loves, hopes, cares, and joys.
After musing for some minutes, the old gentleman walked, with the same meditative face, into a back anteroom opening from the yard; and there, retiring into a corner, called up before his mind's eye a vast amphitheatre of faces over which a dusky curtain had hung for many years.
They had passed from among the fir-trees, and had now come to a green hollow almost surrounded by an amphitheatre of the pale pink dog-roses.