# What Are Dominoes?

Often called “bones”, dominoes are small, rectangular blocks used in games and study. They are also known as cards or pieces, as they are usually marked with identifying marks on one side. They are typically twice as long as they are wide. They can be made of a variety of materials, including wood, plastic and bone. They can be used for a variety of games, including trick-taking games and solitaire games.

There are many different games played with dominoes, but the most popular ones are positional and scoring games. In positional games, players try to score points by drawing cards that match the cards already drawn. They are played with two to four players. In scoring games, the player with the highest domino wins the game.

The game first appeared in Italy in the early 18th century, but it was not widely known outside of France and Austria until the mid-18th century. French prisoners of war brought the game to England in the late 1700s.

The European style of dominoes is generally made of dark hardwood, such as ebony or ivory. The shells on the dominoes are traditionally made from mother-of-pearl oyster shell. They are also often made from silver-lip ocean pearl oyster shell.

In traditional Chinese dominoes, there are no blank faces. Each domino has a line down the middle and a number of spots on one or both sides. These spots are used to represent the number that belongs to the suit of the domino. These numbers are also used to identify the suit of the cards in a game. Chinese dominoes are used in games like Pai Gow and Che Deng.

The domino can be set up in rows or in long rows, but it can also be set up in two squares. It is then shuffled face down on a table. Then, the pieces are placed edge-to-edge against each other. The first domino that is tipped will fall and start a chain reaction. In this way, dominoes are a great game for teaching young children about math.

The game has also been used to study nerve cells. In this game, the domino is a model of the signal transmission in a neuron. It moves in a single direction and travels at a constant speed. It also does not lose energy as it travels. It can also be used to simulate the effects of a spinal cord or severe nerve injury.

The name domino first appeared in the Dictionnaire de Trevoux in 1771. It was originally used as a short form of a masquerade mask. The word domino came from the Greek word dominus, meaning “mask.” The name “domino” also appears in the Latin version of the word, dominus. In Medieval Latindominicale, it was a type of veil.

In Western dominoes, there are fewer suit distinctions. The suit of one domino is also the suit of all other dominoes that are adjacent to it. In the Concentration variant, all the dominoes must have a total of twelve pips.