2. To deprive of distinct vision; to hinder from seeing clearly, either by dazzling or clouding the eyes; to
darken the senses or understanding of.
Her starry eyes were dimmed with streaming tears.C. Pitt.
(Dim), v. i. To grow dim. J. C. Shairp.
(Dim"ble) n. [Prob. orig., a cavity, and the same word as dimple. See Dimple.] A bower; a
dingle. [Obs.] Drayton.
Dime novel, a novel, commonly sensational and trashy, which is sold for a dime, or ten cents.
(Dime) n. [F. dîme tithe, OF. disme, fr. L. decimus the tenth, fr. decem ten. See Decimal.] A
silver coin of the United States, of the value of ten cents; the tenth of a dollar.
(Di*men"sion) n. [L. dimensio, fr. dimensus, p. p. of dimetiri to measure out; di- = dis- +
metiri to measure: cf. F. dimension. See Measure.]
1. Measure in a single line, as length, breadth, height, thickness, or circumference; extension; measurement;
usually, in the plural, measure in length and breadth, or in length, breadth, and thickness; extent; size; as,
the dimensions of a room, or of a ship; the dimensions of a farm, of a kingdom.
Gentlemen of more than ordinary dimensions.W. Irving. Space of dimension, extension that has length but no breadth or thickness; a straight or curved line. - -
Space of two dimensions, extension which has length and breadth, but no thickness; a plane or
curved surface. Space of three dimensions, extension which has length, breadth, and thickness; a
solid. Space of four dimensions, as imaginary kind of extension, which is assumed to have length,
breadth, thickness, and also a fourth imaginary dimension. Space of five or six, or more dimensions is
also sometimes assumed in mathematics.
2. Extent; reach; scope; importance; as, a project of large dimensions.
3. (Math.) The degree of manifoldness of a quantity; as, time is quantity having one dimension; volume
has three dimensions, relative to extension.
4. (Alg.) A literal factor, as numbered in characterizing a term. The term dimensions forms with the
cardinal numbers a phrase equivalent to degree with the ordinal; thus, a2b2c is a term of five dimensions,
or of the fifth degree.
5. pl. (Phys.) The manifoldness with which the fundamental units of time, length, and mass are involved
in determining the units of other physical quantities. Thus, since the unit of velocity varies directly as
the unit of length and inversely as the unit of time, the dimensions of velocity are said to be length ÷
time; the dimensions of work are mass × (length)2 ÷ (time)2; the dimensions of density are mass ÷ (length)3.
Dimension lumber, Dimension scantling, or Dimension stock (Carp.), lumber for building, etc.,
cut to the sizes usually in demand, or to special sizes as ordered. Dimension stone, stone delivered
from the quarry rough, but brought to such sizes as are requisite for cutting to dimensions given.
(Di*men"sion*al) a. Pertaining to dimension.
(Di*men"sioned) a. Having dimensions. [R.]
(Di*men"sion*less) a. Without dimensions; having no appreciable or noteworthy extent.
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