Dominoes are rectangular pieces of wood, bone, or plastic that are used in different types of games. They are also known as a variety of other things, including “boneyard,” “ticket,” and “spinners.”
The origin of the domino is unclear. There is some speculation that it is a French word for a priest’s cape. But the first recorded use of the word is in the 1771 Dictionnaire de Trevoux.
In the mid-18th century, a type of domino game appeared in France. This game was played by prisoners of war. It then spread to England. By the late 1700s, dominoes were being sold in England.
Initially, dominoes were made with ivory and ebony blacks. They were marked on one side with a line and arrangement of spots. However, the pips, or the numbers, on the dominoes became more complicated as the set grew in size. Some sets have Arabic numerals instead of pips.
One of the most common types of domino games is scoring. In this type of game, each player is given seven tiles from stock. Each tile must be a certain number and be matched with the pips on the domino in front of it.
The most basic domino variant requires two players. Each player chooses a different seven tiles and must then match those with the pips on the domino that is in front of them. If the tiles are not matched, the first domino in the line falls down and starts a domino chain reaction.
Dominoes are popular for several reasons. For starters, they can be pushed forward by an increasing force, and they can be tipped over, just like a rock. And since the dominoes have a tendency to be knocked down in long lines, they can be played in the shape of a row.
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Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to enjoy playing dominoes. Most people just use them as a toy or play a game. Others use them for medical studies on nerve cells. Another popular type of domino game is the Tien Gow, a traditional Chinese game.
Dominoes are typically made of wood, bone, or plastic, but other materials are also available. They are usually twice as long as they are wide. Therefore, they can be placed in long rows, or stacked on end.
Traditionally, European-style dominoes have been made of ivory, bone, or dark hardwood. But there are now more modern versions. Unlike the older, Chinese dominos, most European sets have no pips and no blank faces.