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Below you will find the definition of dais, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
EXAMPLES - Dais in a Sentence
- Before the dais was a small uncomfortable chair of black wood. (source)
- I stood on the dais, staring into the smiling eyes of my future husband (source)
- Among the furs on the dais was a gorgeous spotted skin, whose predominant hue was golden. (source)
- From the dais, Brown has been an outspoken advocate for job creation and workforce training. (source)
- There, as he had been for days, seemingly without sleep, seated on the dais was the Persian boy. (source)
- The dais is covered with prayer-rugs, and contains the holy niche and the pulpit of the preacher. (source)
- Many kicho were arranged along the east side of the Queen's dais from the inner room to the veranda. (source)
- Above and to the left of the dais was a tall podium or lectern, made of some sort of reflective blue metal. (source)
- Among those gathered on the dais is a competitor who allows that the new phone is "good," as are many others like it. (source)
- Sprawled about the dais were a dozen huge forms, while upon the seat of one of the thrones a small cub lay curled in slumber. (source)
- The sole piece of furniture on the dais was the autarch's chair-a light wood, probably white oak or young cherry, stained green. (source)
- The young man on the dais was a scribe, and he recorded each request for Nicholas to review later, along with any decisions made. (source)
- On top of the dais was the membership charter that was ready for the Emperor's signature in the event that the decision was in his favor. (source)
- Its 290 seats face a massive desk on a raised dais, where real Supreme Court justices occasionally sit to determine the fate of fake cases. (source)
- Once upon a time, if you built it -- and handed out lots of heavy, shiny, engraved statuettes on the dais when you got there -- viewers would come. (source)
- Among the rebel leaders on the dais was a young man with tousled black hair, a man who many of the folks in the chamber had taken to be a mere page. (source)
- Over the dais is a portrait of Charles I. on horse-back, by Vandyke, one of the three original paintings of the unhappy monarch by that great master. (source)
- The table sat squarely in the middle of the otherwise empty room, and on the platform that had once been the dais was a huge strategic map of Valdemar, (source)
- There were also the "dais" and the "censors," -- the first who held the cords of the dais, and the others who carried incense before the Holy Sacrament. (source)
- While the congregants approach the dais to receive Communion, Pastor Reid stands at the podium looking out on his flock with his chin rested on his hand. (source)
- Seated on a chair in the center of the dais was a long, humanoid figure clad in red and white and wearing a veil that completely obscured his or her features. (source)
- Just down from him on the dais is a young Bill Gates, who would of course take the GUI idea over to a new company which would almost put Apple out of business. (source)
- Once in a while, toward the end of an otherwise typical Sunday morning service, our pastor would invite a young man from the congregation to join him on the dais. (source)
- A group of armed men -- rough-looking rascals -- were standing round the door, and amid them facing the dais was a young fellow in the uniform of the light infantry. (source)
- At the far end of the house, beyond the hearth and facing north towards the doors, was a dais with three steps; and in the middle of the dais was a great gilded chair. (source)
- Tethered near the dais was a herd of creatures bearing some slight resemblance to horses but in a variety of dazzling, metallic colours, with horns and bony ridges on their backs. (source)
- The Council dais was converted into a makeshift courtroom, with assistant city attorney Mark Leonard, flanked by Lansing Police Detective Christopher Devlin, serving as the prosecution. (source)
- Sharing the dais was the female dean of the school of literature at King Faisal University, Dr. Feryal al-Hajeri, who remained silent as he prescribed his harem-induced economic scheming. (source)
- There are small trenches running from the center of the rounded dais to the edge, running around the bottom of the dais is a gutterabout a foot deep with a large trench running away from it. (source)
- At its foot and covering the dais were the crumbled traces of many articles of cloth, feathers, bits of wood and pottery, and the like, all, no doubt, fragments of priestly utensils of worship. (source)
- Elistan knelt at the foot of the dais, a politic gesture, for otherwise the tall, muscular cleric would stand face-to-face with the dwarf, despite the fact that the dais was a good three feet off the ground. (source)
- For about one quarter of the length of the apartment, the floor was raised by a step, and this space, which was called the dais, was occupied only by the principal members of the family, and visitors of distinction. (source)
- "The water-filter systems he invented provide water of the highest quality, unattainable with other systems," United Russia's Mr. Gryzlov said at a party-sponsored conference a year ago, as Mr. Petrik sat with him on the dais. (source)
- Mr. Hazare wasnt granting one-on-one interviews on Thursday, but he periodically spoke to the crowd from a dais draped with a white sheet against a backdrop of an image of a pink-cheeked goddess representing India and waving a flag. (source)
- For instance, had the guy joining the pastor on the dais been a plant foreman with three kids, two cars, and a mortgage, about to ditch that life for the ministry, an unspoken chorus of "What the ...?" would have dimmed the light show. (source)
- BASH (voice-over): Arlen Specter didn't show up for this Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, but his empty seat at the very end of the dais is a stark illustration of his new junior ranking since Democrats stripped his seniority on all committees. (source)
- Finding myself here today, addressing you from this dais which is so diffcult to reach, I begin to wonder whether the glitter of words - my words in this case - has not dazzled you as to my real merit which I feel is a poor thing compared to the high honour you have conferred upon me. (source)
- By comparison, there is not a single nationally recognized speaker on the dais at any of the United States Social Forum plenaries, no Democratic party candidates bombarding the Forum or its constituent organizations for endorsements and no mainstream liberal foundations are backing the effort. (source)
- Jack Evans D-Ward 2, who with 20 years on the dais is the longest-serving member of the current council, voiced the frustrations of several members when he said: "The ongoing investigations involving some of the members hopefully will be concluded in a quick time frame because as long as they're ongoing, there is a cloud over the council." (source)
- A painted stone pathway surrounds that part of the stage, and there are even a couple of patches of grass to suggest the garden, but the centerpiece of the set, which stretches from the courtyard up onto the office dais, is what looks like a mosaic floor such as you might find in a very old church, with the impassive visage of a saint of some kind, face partially eaten away by missing tiles, staring blankly up at heaven. (source)
- On the dais were The Vampire Diaries executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec; Lost alums Nestor Carbonell (there for his role on the CW new fall drama Ringer) and Jorge Garcia (plugging Fox's Alcatraz); Chuck's Zachary Levi; Doctor Who's Matt Smith; The Big Bang Theory's Emmy-nominated Johnny Galecki; True Blood scene stealers Kristin Bauer and Nelsan Ellis; and Leslie Hope of ABC's upcoming creepfest The River. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 59.0, which suggests that "dais" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 7 synonyms for dais.
bench, podium, rostrum, seat, stage, table, terrace
We have 0 antonyms for dais.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (dāˈĭs, dīˈ-)
View up to 25 definitions of dais from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A raised platform, as in a lecture hall, for speakers or honored guests.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A raised platform in a room for dignified occupancy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The high or principal table, at the end of a hall, at which the chief guests were seated; also, the chief seat at the high table.
- (noun) A platform slightly raised above the floor of a hall or large room, giving distinction to the table and seats placed upon it for the chief guests.
- (noun) A canopy over the seat of a person of dignity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A platform or raised floor at one end or one side of a reception-room or hall, upon which seats for distinguished persons are placed; especially, such a platform covered with a canopy: formerly often called specifically high dais.
- (noun) Hence Any similar raised portion of the floor of an apartment, used as the place at which the most distinguished guests at a feast are seated, as a platform for a lecturer, etc.
- (noun) A canopy or covering.
- (noun) A long board, seat, or settle erected against a wall, and sometimes so constructed as to serve for both a settee and a table; also, a seat on the outer side of a country-house or cottage, frequently formed of turf.
- (noun) A pew in a church.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it