Am`phi*the"a*ter, Am`phi*the"a*tre, (#), n. [L. amphitheatrum, fr. Gr. ; + theater: cf. F. amphith'eatre. See Theater.]

1.

An oval or circular building with rising tiers of seats about an open space called the arena.

⇒ The Romans first constructed amphitheaters for combats of gladiators and wild beasts.

2.

Anything resembling an amphitheater in form; as, a level surrounded by rising slopes or hills, or a rising gallery in a theater.

 

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