Dominoes are small rectangular tiles with a line down the middle and a number of spots on each end (called pips). In a standard domino set, each of these numbers range from one to six. Larger sets have more pips, so that they can be used to play multiple games.
They can be made of a wide variety of materials, from plastics and wood to metals and ceramic clay. Most often, they are crafted from bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (MOP), ivory, or a dark hardwood such as ebony. Some also use a combination of these and other natural materials, such as stone or soapstone.
Traditionally, European-style dominoes have been carved from bone or MOP and painted or inlaid with a design that includes pips. In addition, some have a solid, frosted glass top and a black or white bottom.
Many people who play dominoes are fascinated with the intricate detail that goes into their creations. They may have even commissioned a custom-made set of dominoes for their home or business.
A domino is a piece of small rectangular tile that can be played just like dice or playing cards. It is a form of gambling and can be used to play a variety of different games, including blocking and scoring.
Each domino has a specific number of spots on its end, and the highest-value piece in a set of 28 has six pips on each end. A single tile can represent the roll of two dice, and it can also be used to represent a particular number of points in a game of poker or a trick-taking game.
The pips on the dominos are arranged in groups of five or six, and these groupings are called suits. The pips on the tiles are numbered in order from one to six, but because blank ends have no spots, some pips can represent a number other than five or six, so there are seven possible suits in a traditional domino set.
In a standard domino game, each player draws a set of eight dominoes from the center of the table and places them on-edge on the board. Each player then has a limited number of hands and must play a tile on his turn, positioning it so that it touches either end of the domino chain.
When a domino is placed on the chain, it begins to fall, and if it hits another domino on the way down, it can knock it over. This causes it to be sent crashing into the next domino on the chain, and so on until the whole chain is completely toppled.
This phenomenon is known as the domino effect. It is a concept that applies to personal life as well, and it teaches us to focus on the important tasks that will lead to a bigger goal.
For example, if we are working on a financial plan, there are several tasks that will need to be completed. If we break these tasks down into a series of good dominoes, it will be easier to work through them and achieve our goals.