Domino is the name of a type of game played with small rectangular blocks called dominoes. They are usually stacked on end in long lines, and when the first one is tipped, it causes the rest to fall in a cascade. The term is also used to refer to any chain reaction or effect. The most common examples are the “domino effect” and the phrase “it all starts with a single domino.”
Dominoes come in many shapes and sizes, and they can be arranged to form structures that are artistic, functional, or both. They can be set up in straight or curved lines, in grids that make pictures when they fall, or even in 3D structures such as towers and pyramids. A skilled artist can create stunning designs with dominoes that are breathtaking to behold.
A domino is a flat, thumbsized rectangular block with a line down the center that separates its ends into two squares, each bearing a pattern of spots, or “pips,” like those on a die. There are 28 such pieces in a typical domino set, which is sometimes called a double-six set because each piece has either six or one spot on each end (double-one, or double-blank, dominoes do not exist). Each type of domino has an identity, such as its color or number of pips, that allows it to be identified and differentiated from other similar dominoes.
There are numerous games that can be played with dominoes, involving blocking other players and scoring points by matching the ends of dominoes and laying them down in lines or angular patterns. A game is a “blocking” game if the player must play a tile that matches the identity of the one touching it, and a scoring game if the goal is to win by accumulating the most points in a certain amount of rounds or by achieving a specified score in each round.
The domino effect is a rule of behavior that states that when you change one thing about yourself, it will cause a chain reaction in other areas of your life and lead to positive results. For example, if you start exercising more, it is likely that you will begin to eat healthier as a natural side effect. The same principle applies in business. If you change how you manage people, it is likely that you will see a ripple effect in other parts of your organization.
Lily Hevesh started playing with dominoes when she was 9 years old, when her grandparents gave her the classic 28-piece set. She loved setting them up in straight or curved lines, flicking the first one, and watching the entire row fall at once. Now, at 20, she is a professional domino artist and has over 2 million YouTube followers who watch her create incredible setups.