# The Basics of Dominoes

Dominoes (pronounced “dom-ino”) are rectangular pieces of wood or plastic that are often stacked together in long rows to create complex designs. They are also used for playing games.

The word domino comes from the Italian term domino, meaning “to drop,” and has two other related meanings in English, including a cape worn by priests over their surplice. It also refers to a crude and colorful woodcut on paper formerly popular among peasants.

There are different ways to play dominoes, but they all have a similar goal: to get a domino to fall down. Some people like to knock them down one by one, while others use them in long lines to create pictures or 3-D structures when they fall down.

In the game of dominoes, each piece has a value on either side, called spots or pips. A domino set typically contains 28 pieces that range from one to six pips. However, some sets have more pips than these. In addition, some sets have different combinations of pips on each end.

These pips represent the number of tiles that can be used in each domino. The numbers of pips on each domino are unique to the set, making it possible to create a variety of combinations that make up each piece.

This variety can create a lot of fun for players, but it can also make it difficult to tell which pieces are worth points and which are worthless. This can make it difficult to win games that require a certain number of dominoes, which is why some people choose to “expand” their sets with additional pips.

To help players understand the pips on their dominoes, the numbers are sometimes printed on them in small letters or Arabic numerals. The numbers can also be displayed in a larger format on the back of each piece to make it easier to read them, and some larger domino sets have special pips that are designed for reading from a distance.

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