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di·men·sion

 (dĭ-mĕn′shən, dī-)
n.
1. A measure of spatial extent, especially width, height, or length.
2. often dimensions Extent or magnitude; scope: a problem of alarming dimensions.
3. Aspect; element: "He's a good newsman, and he has that extra dimension" (William S. Paley).
4. Mathematics
a. The least number of independent coordinates required to specify uniquely the points in a space.
b. The range of such a coordinate.
5. Physics A physical property, such as mass, distance, time, or a combination thereof, regarded as a fundamental measure of a physical quantity: Velocity has the dimension of distance divided by time.
6. A realm of existence, as in a work of fiction, that is physically separate from another such realm: "Although it tells a grounded, political story free from aliens and alternate dimensions, the film remains packed to the brim with iconic ... characters." (Conner Schwerdtfeger).
tr.v. di·men·sioned, di·men·sion·ing, di·men·sions
1. To cut or shape to specified dimensions.
2. To mark with specified dimensions.

[Middle English dimensioun, from Latin dīmēnsiō, dīmēnsiōn-, extent, from dīmēnsus, past participle of dīmētīrī, to measure out : dī-, dis-, dis- + mētīrī, to measure; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

di·men′sion·al adj.
di·men′sion·al′i·ty (-shə-năl′ĭ-tē) n.
di·men′sion·al·ly adv.
di·men′sion·less adj.

dimension

(dɪˈmɛnʃən)
n
1. (often plural) a measurement of the size of something in a particular direction, such as the length, width, height, or diameter
2. (often plural) scope; size; extent: a problem of enormous dimensions.
3. aspect: a new dimension to politics.
4. (Mathematics) maths the number of coordinates required to locate a point in space
5. (General Physics) physics
a. the product or the quotient of the fundamental physical quantities (such as mass, length, or time) raised to the appropriate power in a derived physical quantity: the dimensions of velocity are length divided by time.
b. the power to which such a fundamental quantity has to be raised in a derived quantity
vb
(tr) chiefly
a. to shape or cut to specified dimensions
b. to mark with specified dimensions
[C14: from Old French, from Latin dīmensiō an extent, from dīmētīrī to measure out, from mētīrī]
diˈmensional adj
diˌmensionˈality n
diˈmensionally adv
diˈmensionless adj

di•men•sion

(dɪˈmɛn ʃən, daɪ-)

n.
1.
a. a property of space; extension in a given direction: A straight line has one dimension, a parallelogram has two dimensions, and a parallelepiped has three dimensions.
b. the generalization of this property to spaces with curvilinear extension, as the surface of a sphere.
c. a magnitude that serves to define the location of an element within a given set, as of a point on a line or an event in space-time.
2. Usu., dimensions.
a. measurement in length, width, and thickness.
b. scope: the dimensions of a problem.
3. magnitude; size: Matter has dimension.
4. an aspect or factor; side.
5. dimensions, bodily measurements.
v.t.
6. to shape or fashion to the desired dimensions.
7. to indicate the dimensions on (a diagram or drawing).
[1375–1425; < Latin dīmēnsiō a measuring, derivative of dīmētīrī to measure out =dī- di-2 + mētīrī to measure]
di•men′sion•al, adj.
di•men`sion•al′i•ty, n.
di•men′sion•al•ly, adv.
di•men′sion•less, adj.

di·men·sion

(dĭ-mĕn′shən)
1. Mathematics
a. Any one of the three physical or spatial properties of length, area, and volume. In geometry, a point is said to have zero dimension; a figure having only length, such as a line, has one dimension; a plane or surface, two dimensions; and a figure having volume, three dimensions. The fourth dimension is often said to be time, as in the theory of general relativity. Higher dimensions can be dealt with mathematically but cannot be represented visually.
b. The measurement of a length, width, or thickness: The dimensions of the window are 2 feet by 4 feet.
2. A unit, such as mass, time, or charge, associated with a physical quantity and used as the basis for other measurements, such as acceleration.

dimension


Past participle: dimensioned
Gerund: dimensioning

Imperative
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Present
I dimension
you dimension
he/she/it dimensions
we dimension
you dimension
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Preterite
I dimensioned
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we dimensioned
you dimensioned
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Present Continuous
I am dimensioning
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he/she/it is dimensioning
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Present Perfect
I have dimensioned
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Past Continuous
I was dimensioning
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we were dimensioning
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Past Perfect
I had dimensioned
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Future
I will dimension
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Future Perfect
I will have dimensioned
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Future Continuous
I will be dimensioning
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dimensioning
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dimensioning
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dimensioning
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Conditional
I would dimension
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we would dimension
you would dimension
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Past Conditional
I would have dimensioned
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we would have dimensioned
you would have dimensioned
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dimension - the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)dimension - the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
magnitude - the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small); "they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"; "about the magnitude of a small pea"
thickness - the dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width
tenuity, thinness, slenderness - relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width; "the tenuity of a hair"; "the thinness of a rope"
length - the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place; "the length of the table was 5 feet"
width, breadth - the extent of something from side to side
height, tallness - the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top
third dimension - the dimension whereby a solid object differs from a two-dimensional drawing of it
fourth dimension, time - the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event
2.dimension - a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing property"
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
lineament, character, quality - a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"
characteristic, feature - a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
feature of speech, feature - (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
3.dimension - one of three Cartesian coordinates that determine a position in space
Cartesian coordinate - one of the coordinates in a system of coordinates that locates a point on a plane or in space by its distance from two lines or three planes respectively; the two lines or the intersections of the three planes are the coordinate axes
4.dimension - magnitude or extent; "a building of vast proportions"
magnitude - the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small); "they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"; "about the magnitude of a small pea"
Verb1.dimension - indicate the dimensions on; "These techniques permit us to dimension the human heart"
mark - designate as if by a mark; "This sign marks the border"
2.dimension - shape or form to required dimensions
shape, form - give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"

dimension

noun
1. aspect, side, feature, angle, facet This adds a new dimension to our work.
2. extent, size, magnitude, importance, scope, greatness, amplitude, largeness She did not understand the dimension of her plight.
plural noun
1. proportions, range, size, scale, measure, volume, capacity, bulk, measurement, amplitude, bigness the grandiose dimensions of the room

dimension

noun
The amount of space occupied by something:
extent, magnitude, measure, proportion (often used in plural), size.
Translations
rozměrdimenze
dimensionomfangstørrelse
mõõde
ulottuvuusdimensio
dimenzija
dimenzió
ummál
寸法
치수
matmenųmatmuo
dimensijaizmērs
dimenzija
dimensionaspekt
มิติ
kích thước

dimension

[dɪˈmenʃən] N
1. (Phys, Math) → dimensión f
2. dimensions (= size, scope) → dimensiones fpl
they did not realize the dimensions of the problemno se daban cuenta de las dimensiones or de la envergadura or del alcance del problema
3. (= aspect) → dimensión f
the human dimension of the tragedyla dimensión humana de la tragedia

dimension

[dɪˈmɛnʃən daɪˈmɛnʃən] n
(= aspect) → dimension f
dimensions to sth (= aspects of) → dimensions de qch
(= size, scale) the dimensions of sth (= size) → les dimensions de qch (= scale) → l'ampleur de qch (= length and breadth) → les dimensions de qch
in three dimensions → en trois dimensions

dimension

nDimension f; (= measurement)Abmessung (→ en pl) f, → Maß nt; a problem of vast dimensionsein Problem größten Ausmaßes; this adds a new dimension to his workdas gibt seiner Arbeit eine neue Dimension

dimension

[daɪˈmɛnʃn] n (size) → dimensione f, proporzione f (Math) (fig) → dimensione
to add a new dimension to (fig) → dare una dimensione nuova a

dimension

(diˈmenʃən) , (daiˈmenʃən) noun
a measurement in length, breadth, or thickness. The dimensions of the box are 20 cm by 10 cm by 4 cm.
-dimensional
of (a certain number of) dimensions. a three-dimensional figure.

dimension

بُعْد rozměr dimension Dimension διάσταση dimensión ulottuvuus dimension dimenzija dimensione 寸法 치수 dimensie dimensjon wymiar dimensão измерение dimension มิติ boyut kích thước 尺寸

di·men·sion

n. dimensión, medida de un cuerpo.

dimension

n dimensión f
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Really this is what is meant by the Fourth Dimension, though some people who talk about the Fourth Dimension do not know they mean it.
But,' said the Medical Man, staring hard at a coal in the fire, `if Time is really only a fourth dimension of Space, why is it, and why has it always been, regarded as something different?
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At the outset, in order not to give the balloon too ponderous dimensions, he had decided to fill it with hydrogen gas, which is fourteen and a half times lighter than common air.
As I was remarking," chanted the obedient Lord Chancellor, "this portentous movement has already assumed the dimensions of a Revolution
Nevertheless, after mature consideration, it has appeared to me that the question of the projectile must take precedence of that of the cannon, and that the dimensions of the latter must necessarily depend on those of the former.
To this catalogue of circumstances that tend to the amelioration of popular systems of civil government, I shall venture, however novel it may appear to some, to add one more, on a principle which has been made the foundation of an objection to the new Constitution; I mean the ENLARGEMENT of the ORBIT within which such systems are to revolve, either in respect to the dimensions of a single State or to the consolidation of several smaller States into one great Confederacy.
Taking into consideration the mean of observations made at divers times-- rejecting the timid estimate of those who assigned to this object a length of two hundred feet, equally with the exaggerated opinions which set it down as a mile in width and three in length--we might fairly conclude that this mysterious being surpassed greatly all dimensions admitted by the learned ones of the day, if it existed at all.
All the distances and all the dimensions about Versailles are vast.
And beginning with the French Revolution the old inadequately large group was destroyed, as well as the old habits and traditions, and step by step a group was formed of larger dimensions with new customs and traditions, and a man was produced who would stand at the head of the coming movement and bear the responsibility for all that had to be done.
In contour and markings it was not unlike the noblest of the Bengals of our own world, but as its dimensions were exaggerated to colossal proportions so too were its colorings exaggerated.
This distinguished scientist has expounded his views in a book entitled "Verschwinden und Seine Theorie," which has attracted some attention, "particularly," says one writer, "among the followers of Hegel, and mathematicians who hold to the actual existence of a so- called non-Euclidean space--that is to say, of space which has more dimensions than length, breadth, and thickness--space in which it would be possible to tie a knot in an endless cord and to turn a rubber ball inside out without 'a solution of its continuity,' or in other words, without breaking or cracking it.