\ ˈdim How to pronounce dim (audio) \
dimmer; dimmest

Definition of dim

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : emitting or having a limited or insufficient amount of light dim stars a dim lamp a dim hallway
b : dull, lusterless dim colors
c : lacking pronounced, clear-cut, or vigorous quality or character a dim echo of the past
2a : seen indistinctly a dim outline
b : perceived by the senses or mind indistinctly or weakly : faint had only a dim notion of what was going on
c : having little prospect of favorable result or outcome a dim future
d : characterized by an unfavorable, skeptical, or pessimistic attitude usually used in the phrase take a dim view oftakes a dim view of human nature
3 : dim-witted too dim to understand the joke
4 : not perceiving clearly and distinctly dim eyes

dim

verb
dimmed; dimming

Definition of dim (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce the light from dim the headlights
2 : to make dim or lusterless dimmed their hopes of an early settlement

intransitive verb

: to become dim the lights dimmed their beauty had dimmed

dim

noun

Definition of dim (Entry 3 of 4)

1 automotive vehicles : low beam
2 archaic : dusk, dimness

Definition of dim (Entry 4 of 4)

1 dimension
2 diminished
3 diminuendo
4 diminutive

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Other Words from dim

Adjective

dimly adverb
dimmable \ ˈdi-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce dimmable (audio) \ adjective
dimness noun

Examples of dim in a Sentence

Adjective Just the dim outline of the building could be seen through the fog. I have a dim memory of your last visit. Verb The latest setback has dimmed hopes of an early settlement. Hopes of an early settlement have dimmed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But imagery from Wednesday, after the strong earthquakes and aftershocks shook the island on Monday and Tuesday, shows lights on the island are considerably dimmer. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "Satellite images show how dark Puerto Rico is at night after earthquakes caused power outages," 9 Jan. 2020 To the dim witted reporters like @dmedlin11: no one said this wasn’t photoshopped. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Seth Meyers roasts Rep. Paul Gosar for misleading, Photoshopped tweet. Of COURSE he does," 8 Jan. 2020 For example, mission team members also announced TESS’ first circumbinary planet—a world with two suns in its sky—and revealed that the bright star Alpha Draconis and its dimmer companion mutually eclipse each other. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "NASA’s TESS Planet Hunter Finds Its First Earth-Size World in “Habitable Zone”," 7 Jan. 2020 Guinan suspects that Betelgeuse is dramatically dimmer now because two of its cycles are overlapping at minimal brightness. National Geographic, "A giant star is acting strange, and astronomers are buzzing," 26 Dec. 2019 Deep in the bowels of a cave system on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, in a dim chamber accessible only to the most intrepid of spelunkers, lies a red-tinted painting depicting what appears to be a vivid hunt or ritual. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Newly Discovered Indonesian Cave Art May Represent World’s Oldest Known Hunting Scene," 12 Dec. 2019 The dark, raw space was perfect for a night out with friends; the dim lighting offered privacy for clusters of attendees who so desired it. Vogue, "Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen Hosted the 2019 Dia Art Foundation’s Fall Night," 18 Nov. 2019 Tables were topped with dim-lit lamps or clusters of white flowers, courtesy of the Blooming Gallery. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Methodist 100-year "Rendezvous of the Century" gala raises $9.5 million at Minute Maid Park," 15 Nov. 2019 The outlook looked dim for small, independent retailers, especially for fledgling endeavors. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Angelus Home & Garden in Walworth is a decor store with a flair for unique items," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After being completely passed over by SAG, which has overlap with the Academy, and underperforming at the Globes, which has none, the film’s hopes for major Oscar noms dimmed. David Canfield, EW.com, "Can Little Women make an Oscars comeback?," 3 Jan. 2020 More: Fiat Chrysler-Peugeot leaders sign binding commitment to merge More: Fiat Chrysler's grand plans for Alfa Romeo have dimmed. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler plans to show electric Jeep Wrangler, Compass and Renegade at CES 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 The researchers pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at star Kepler-51 as two of the system’s three super puffs took turns passing in front of it, recording the resulting dimming in various colors of light. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "These ‘super puff’ planets have the same density as cotton candy," 27 Dec. 2019 The dimming process should end by mid-January, according to mathematical models. Ryan Prior, CNN, "A giant red star is acting weird and scientists think it may be about to explode," 26 Dec. 2019 The efforts helped turn Boeing into the most valuable U.S. industrial company, surpassing GE’s dimming star, as the planemaker’s market capitalization surged past $200 billion. Julie Johnsson, Fortune, "Boeing CEO is Out as 737 MAX Crisis Deepens," 23 Dec. 2019 However, the kicker that dominated the Charlotte, North Carolina, preps scene saw his star power dimmed soon after arriving in Eugene. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Colleges are crushing them; NFL teams can't pick them. Why NFL kickers are so hard to find.," 23 Dec. 2019 Its unhelpful government institutions are one reason their ardour has since dimmed. The Economist, "India’s economy is growing at its slowest pace since 2013," 5 Dec. 2019 The lighting technology used in your 4K set will also affect another feature: local dimming. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Thinking of Buying a 4K TV? Here’s What You Should Know," 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then came last season's game, on Feb. 24 at Crisler Center, with MSU’s hopes of a second straight Big Ten title looking dim after a host of injuries. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "How Cassius Winston and Zavier Simpson have made MSU vs. U-M a one-on-one matchup," 5 Jan. 2020 Stocks in Europe and Asia fell broadly as the global prospects for economic growth dim amid trade uncertainty. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Dow: Signs of slowing job growth, troubles overseas push US stocks lower," 1 Oct. 2019 In the dim, red light of an alien sun, scientists have found the first evidence for water in the atmosphere of a rocky planet - offering a tantalizing new target in the search for life in the universe. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists say they found their first potentially habitable planet with water in its skies," 12 Sep. 2019 In the dim, red light of an alien sun, scientists have found the first evidence for water in the atmosphere of a rocky planet - offering a tantalizing new target in the search for life in the universe. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists say they found their first potentially habitable planet with water in its skies," 12 Sep. 2019 In the dim, red light of an alien sun, scientists have found the first evidence for water in the atmosphere of a rocky planet - offering a tantalizing new target in the search for life in the universe. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists say they found their first potentially habitable planet with water in its skies," 12 Sep. 2019 In the dim, red light of an alien sun, scientists have found the first evidence for water in the atmosphere of a rocky planet - offering a tantalizing new target in the search for life in the universe. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists say they found their first potentially habitable planet with water in its skies," 12 Sep. 2019 In the dim, red light of an alien sun, scientists have found the first evidence for water in the atmosphere of a rocky planet - offering a tantalizing new target in the search for life in the universe. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists say they found their first potentially habitable planet with water in its skies," 12 Sep. 2019 In the dim, red light of an alien sun, scientists have found the first evidence for water in the atmosphere of a rocky planet - offering a tantalizing new target in the search for life in the universe. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists say they found their first potentially habitable planet with water in its skies," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dim

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for dim

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Middle English, from Old English dimm; akin to Old High German timber dark

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The first known use of dim was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dim.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dim. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for dim

dim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dim

: to make (a light) less bright or to become less bright
: to make (something) less strong or clear or to become less strong or clear
\ ˈdim How to pronounce dim (audio) \
dimmer; dimmest

Kids Definition of dim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not bright or distinct : faint a dim light
2 : not seeing or understanding clearly dim eyes He has only a dim awareness of the problem.

Other Words from dim

dimly adverb
dimness noun

dim

verb
dimmed; dimming

Kids Definition of dim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become less bright or clear Please dim the lights. His eyesight dimmed with age.

Medical Definition of dim

diminished

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