Domino is a noun that refers to the act of playing domino. It may also refer to the game itself or to the pieces used to play the game. The word comes from the Latin domini, meaning lord or master, and it is associated with cause and effect. When a domino is tipped ever-so-slightly, it causes the rest of them to fall in a rhythmic cascade.
The term domino has also come to be used as a general term for a sequence of events that are caused by one another, like a chain reaction. This concept is illustrated by a domino effect movie, where a simple act, such as dropping a piece of pizza, leads to an entire sequence of events that have far-reaching consequences. The concept is also applied in writing to describe a series of scenes that lead to an end point or statement.
Physicist Stephen Morris, who has studied dominoes, explains that when a domino is standing upright, it has potential energy based on its position. When the domino falls, much of this potential energy is converted to kinetic energy, which allows the remaining dominoes to fall in a chain reaction.
In a domino game, players begin the game by drawing a number of tiles and placing them on-edge before them. This makes it impossible for players to see the pips of other player’s tiles. Each domino is then played so that it either touches an existing domino or can be joined to a future tile with the matching number on its face. Depending on the rules of the game, the first player begins by drawing lots or by choosing who holds the heaviest domino (a double or higher).
Many games have special tiles called spinners, which may be placed at both ends of the line of play. If a domino is a spinner, it may be played with any side facing up; other than this, all other doubles must be played with their pips facing down.
When a player cannot play a new domino, he or she “knocks” on the table, and the next player takes his turn. The winners are the players who have the least number of pips left in their hands at the end of the game.
Dominos has a strong focus on customer satisfaction, and they listen to their customers carefully. They use their feedback to implement change, such as a relaxed dress code and leadership training programs. They also communicate directly with their employees and encourage them to share their feedback through the company’s Domino Voices program.
Domino’s software provides an integrated development environment that supports the process of code + data = results. It tracks all changes, links them together, and serves results via web, eliminating cumbersome email attachments. It also enables collaboration between teams and developers, enforces access control for different collaborators, merges changes, detects conflicts, and provides detailed analysis of performance, bugs, and errors. Its database stores a snapshot of all project files, including the source code and its outputs, and keeps them linked together as “runs.” This helps developers trace back to the original source code when bugs or errors are detected.