What is Domino?
Domino is a game of positional strategy in which players use dominoes, rectangular tile-like objects with an identifying number on each side. The pieces are arranged edge to edge on the table, and the winning player is the one who has dominoes with matching numbers. The game was first recorded in Italy, but it is believed to have been introduced into England in the mid-18th century by French prisoners.
The word domino is derived from two French words: “domi” (meaning hooded) and “noix” (meaning a mask or cape). It was coined shortly after the game’s introduction and has an obscure origin, but it seems to relate to the priest’s black cloak with its white surplice that was commonly worn during carnival time or at masquerades.
This hooded cloak and its related word are still commonly used in French today, but the name domino is now more often associated with the game itself.
In the United States and other Western countries, dominoes are characterized by a set of 28 tiles, with each tile having an identifying number on one side. The other side is blank or patterned with matching patterns.
These tiles have a special feature, however: Each tile has a line or ridge that divides it into two squares. The line or ridge marks the identity-bearing side with an arrangement of spots, or “pips,” like those used in dice.
Unlike Chinese dominoes, which are characterized by military-civilian suit distinctions and by duplicates of the same suit, European dominoes do not have these distinctions or duplicates, allowing them to be played with a variety of other tile sets.
The rules of the game are fairly simple. Each player takes turns placing a domino edge to edge on the table, and the winner is the one who has a domino with matching numbers. If there are no matching dominoes, then the next player must choose a domino from his or her boneyard, and so on. The game can be played with just two players, with each player taking turns, or it can be played with three to four players.
When playing the game of dominoes, it’s important to understand what each tile is for. For example, some tiles have a number printed on the front, while others have no number at all. There are also different styles of dominoes, such as the Chinese and Indian styles.
While there are many different games of domino, the most popular type is positional. During the game, each player will place a domino edge to edge on the board in such a way that the adjacent faces are either identical (e.g., 5 to 5) or form some specified total.
Some versions of the game allow the players to play all of their dominoes, while other versions require them to chip out (play their last domino) before playing their next one. This is done to prevent the dominoes from getting too crowded on the table, as happens in some of the positional games.