A domino (also known as a set of dominoes or a domino game) is a tile-based game that uses small rectangular blocks with either blank sides or marked by dots resembling those on dice. The markings, or pips, on each domino are arranged in such a way that any one side of the domino has a total of seven pips. Whether the domino is played with just one or many, it creates a chain reaction in which each domino falls after the other. This allows players to take turns placing their tiles in the layout, forming lines that can have an endless number of shapes and forms.
Originally, dominoes were used to represent the results of throwing two six-sided dice, but they have since been used in games that require more than just a simple match of numbers and values between two adjacent edges. The different markings on the pips allow for a variety of games that involve blocking, scoring, or positional play.
In positional games, a player takes a turn placing a domino on the edge of another domino such that its matching ends (also called open ends) are touching. Usually, a double is placed cross-ways in the layout, straddling the end of the previous domino and producing open ends on both long sides of the double. This creates a snake-like line of dominoes that develops randomly according to the players’ whims and the limitations of the playing surface.
A Domino Effect is the result of a change in one behavior causing an immediate and measurable shift in other behaviors, such as a reduction in sedentary leisure time that results in decreased eating habits. This is a common phenomenon in business, where a positive change in one department can positively affect other departments as well, and ultimately the entire organization.
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A domino is a type of garment worn over other vestments, made loose, and furnished with a hood. It is also a name given to the half-mask formerly worn over the head by women as a costume at masked balls. This type of mask is also commonly used by children and teenagers. The word derives from the Latin dominium, meaning a crown. This type of mask was originally adorned with jewels, beads, and feathers. More recently, a variety of materials such as paper, fabric, or plastic have been used to cover the face. The most common material is now a durable, waterproof polymer. However, some people still prefer a more traditional look and have opted for a natural or exotic wood product. These sets have a more luxurious feel and are often more expensive than those of polymer or other materials.