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Webster 1913 Edition


Dim

Dim

,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Dimmer
;
sup
erl.
Dimmest
.]
[AS.
dim
; akin to OFries.
dim
, Icel.
dimmr
: cf. MHG.
timmer
,
timber
; of uncertain origin.]
1.
Not bright or distinct; wanting luminousness or clearness; obscure in luster or sound; dusky; darkish; obscure; indistinct; overcast; tarnished.
The
dim
magnificence of poetry.
Whewell.
How is the gold become
dim
!
Lam. iv. 1.
I never saw
The heavens so
dim
by day.
Shakespeare
Three sleepless nights I passed in sounding on,
Through words and things, a
dim
and perilous way.
Wordsworth.
2.
Of obscure vision; not seeing clearly; hence, dull of apprehension; of weak perception; obtuse.
Mine eye also is
dim
by reason of sorrow.
Job xvii. 7.
The understanding is
dim
.
Rogers.
Syn. – Obscure; dusky; dark; mysterious; imperfect; dull; sullied; tarnished.

Dim

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Dimmed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Dimming
.]
1.
To render dim, obscure, or dark; to make less bright or distinct; to take away the luster of; to darken; to dull; to obscure; to eclipse.
A king among his courtiers, who
dims
all his attendants.
Dryden.
Now set the sun, and twilight
dimmed
the ways.
Cowper.
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

,
Verb.
I.
To grow dim.
J. C. Shairp.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dim

DIM

,
Adj.
[See Damp.]
1.
Not seeing clearly; having the vision obscured and indistinct.
When Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim. Genesis 27.
2.
Not clearly seen; obscure; imperfectly seen or discovered; as a dim prospect.
3.
Somewhat dark; dusky; not luminous; as a dim shade.
4.
Dull of apprehension; having obscure conceptions.
The understanding is dim.
5.
Having its luster obscured; sullied; tarnished.
How is the gold become dim? Lamentations 4.

DIM

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To cloud; to impair the powers of vision; as, to dim the eyes.
2.
To obscure; as, to dim the sight; to dim the prospect.
3.
To render dull the powers of conception.
4.
To make less bright; to obscure.
Each passion dimmed his face.
5.
To render less bright; to tarnish or sully; as, to dim gold.

Definition 2022


Dim

Dim

See also: dim and dim.

Scottish Gaelic

Proper noun

Dim

  1. Tue (Tuesday)

dim

dim

See also: Dim and dim.

Translingual

Symbol

dim

  1. (mathematics) dimension

English

Adjective

dim (comparative dimmer, superlative dimmest)

  1. Not bright or colorful.
    The lighting was too dim for me to make out his facial features.
  2. (colloquial) Not smart or intelligent.
    He may be a bit dim, but he's not retarded.
  3. Indistinct, hazy or unclear.
    His vision grew dimmer as he aged.
  4. Disapproving, unfavorable: rarely used outside the phrase take a dim view of.

Translations

Adverb

dim (comparative more dim, superlative most dim)

  1. Dimly, indistinctly.
    • Shelley, Adonais
      that sustaining Love / Which, through the web of being blindly wove / By man and beast and earth and air and sea, / Burns bright or dim

Noun

dim (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Dimness.

Verb

dim (third-person singular simple present dims, present participle dimming, simple past and past participle dimmed)

  1. (transitive) To make something less bright.
    He dimmed the lights and put on soft music.
  2. (intransitive) To become darker.
    The lights dimmed briefly when the air conditioning was turned on.
  3. To render dim, obscure, or dark; to make less bright or distinct; to take away the luster of; to darken; to dull; to obscure; to eclipse.
    • Dryden
      a king among his courtiers, who dims all his attendants
    • Cowper
      Now set the sun, and twilight dimmed the ways.
  4. To deprive of distinct vision; to hinder from seeing clearly, either by dazzling or clouding the eyes; to darken the senses or understanding of.
    • C. Pitt
      Her starry eyes were dimmed with streaming tears.

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Derived terms

Anagrams


Indonesian

Etymology

From Dutch duim.

Noun

dim

  1. thumb

Latvian

Verb

dim

  1. 3rd person singular present indicative form of dimēt
  2. 3rd person plural present indicative form of dimēt
  3. (with the particle lai) 3rd person singular imperative form of dimēt
  4. (with the particle lai) 3rd person plural imperative form of dimēt

Lojban

Rafsi

dim

  1. rafsi of dimna.

Norwegian

Etymology

From Old Norse dimmr. Related to English dim and Icelandic dimmur.

Noun

dim (m and f), dimt (n), dimme (pl)

  1. dim
  2. to have bad vision
    Han er dim på synet
    His vision is dim/bad

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *dymъ, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰuh₂mós (smoke).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dîm/

Noun

dȉm m (Cyrillic spelling ди̏м)

  1. smoke

Declension


Slovene

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *dymъ, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰuh₂mós (smoke).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdím/
  • Tonal orthography: dı̏m

Noun

dìm m inan (genitive díma, uncountable)

  1. smoke

Declension


Welsh

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [dɪm]

Adjective

dim

  1. any
  2. no, not, none

Noun

dim m

  1. anything
  2. nothing, none, nil, zero

Particle

dim

  1. not

Mutation

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
dim ddim nim unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.