dimension

noun
di·​men·​sion | \ də-ˈmen(t)-shən also dī- \

Definition of dimension

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a mathematics

(1) : measure in one direction the dimensions of the room specifically : one of three coordinates (see coordinate entry 3 sense 1a) determining a position in space or four coordinates determining a position in space and time
(2) : one of a group of properties whose number is necessary and sufficient to determine uniquely each element of a system of usually mathematical entities (such as an aggregate of points in real or abstract space) the surface of a sphere has two dimensions also : a parameter (see parameter sense 1) or coordinate variable assigned to such a property the three dimensions of momentum
(3) : the number of elements in a basis (see basis sense 5) of a vector space
b : the quality of spatial extension : magnitude, size … the town's modest dimensions and leisurely ways …— Jane Shellhase
c : a lifelike or realistic quality uses eccentric dialogue to add dimension to her characters
d : the range over which or the degree to which something extends : scope usually used in plural the vast dimensions of the disaster
e : one of the elements or factors making up a complete personality or entity : aspect the social and political dimensions of the problem
2 obsolete : bodily form or proportions … my dimensions are as well compact, my mind as generous, and my shape as true …— Shakespeare
3 mathematics : any of the fundamental units (as of mass, length, or time) on which a derived unit is based also : the power of such a unit
4 : wood or stone cut to pieces of specified size
5 : a level of existence or consciousness … a secular as well as spiritual dimension— Catherine Bates

dimension

verb
dimensioned; dimensioning\ -​ˈmen(t)-​shə-​niŋ \

Definition of dimension (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form to the required dimensions (see dimension entry 1 sense 1a(1)) a table dimensioned to fit the space
2 : to indicate the dimensions of (as on a drawing) dimensioning the plans

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Other Words from dimension

Noun

dimensional \ -​ˈmench-​nəl , -​ˈmen(t)-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
dimensionality \ -​ˌmen(t)-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē \ noun
dimensionally \ -​ˈmench-​nə-​lē , -​ˈmen(t)-​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb
dimensionless \ -​ˈmen(t)-​shən-​ləs \ adjective

Examples of dimension in a Sentence

Noun

She carefully measured each dimension of the room. The social dimensions of the problem must also be taken into account.

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Morales was ultimately absorbed into the main universe’s canon, thanks to dimensions collapsing and other comics hijinks. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Venom’s 2 end-credits scenes, explained," 5 Oct. 2018 And taking the look to the next dimension, Alexander added a backdrop of skin veiled in Silver Strobe Cream, then draped the high planes of the face in iridescent Cream Color Base in Luna for a full moon-rivaling glow. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The New Way to Wear Pastel Eye Makeup, According to the Missoni Runway," 22 Sep. 2018 The Marlins had their best chance to retaliate in the seventh inning, but fell victim to good Mets defense and their own ballpark’s dimensions. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Future may look bright, but Marlins still dealing with offensive woes in the present," 1 July 2018 There’s a variety, the romanesco artichoke, that grows to modest dimensions; once trimmed, the heart is the size of a kumquat. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "The Perfect Accompaniment to a Negroni," 19 June 2018 Violet continues to wrestle with boy drama at school, Dash is still a bundle of unrestrained, teeming energy, and Jack-Jack begins to manifest his own powers, which include bursting into flames and transporting to other dimensions. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Incredibles 2 Is an Exhilarating Ride," 13 June 2018 These knee-length linen-blend pants take utility to another dimension—almost like if The Fly starred a pair of cargo shorts instead of Jeff Goldblum. Liz Raiss, GQ, "When High-Fashion Workwear Jumps the Shark," 24 Apr. 2018 And that brings us to the fifth dimension — tesseract. refinery29.com, "A Wrinkle In Time," 7 Mar. 2018 Spider-Verse stares superhero fatigue (and Spider-Man sequelitis) directly in the eye, then spits back with a whopping six dimensions' worth of Spidey. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: Another huge man with huge power playing in the same Little League-dimensioned ballpark as Stanton. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Poll: Which MLB slugger is most likely to challenge Barry Bonds' home-run record in 2018?," 23 Feb. 2018 Each barn is covered top to bottom in oversized shingles dimensioned to make the volume look smaller. Joseph Giovannini, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: Contemporary Decor Blends With Farmhouse Tradition Inside A Hamptons Barn," 2 July 2015

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First Known Use of dimension

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dimension

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin dimension-, dimensio, from dimetiri to measure out, from dis- + metiri to measure — more at measure

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dimension

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dimension

: the length, width, height, or depth of something : a measurement in one direction (such as the distance from the ceiling to the floor in a room)

: the amount or number of things that something affects or influences

: a part of something

dimension

noun
di·​men·​sion | \ də-ˈmen-shən \

Kids Definition of dimension

: the length, width, or height of something

dimension

noun
di·​men·​sion | \ də-ˈmen-chən also dī-\

Medical Definition of dimension

: measure in one direction specifically : one of three or four coordinates determining a position in space or space and time

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