dimension

noun
di·​men·​sion | \ də-ˈmen(t)-shən How to pronounce dimension (audio) also dī- How to pronounce dimension (audio) \

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\ də-​ˈmen(t)-​shə-​niŋ How to pronounce dimension (audio) also  dī-​ \

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

Other Words from dimension

Noun

dimensional \ də-​ˈmench-​nəl How to pronounce dimension (audio) also  dī-​ How to pronounce dimension (audio) , -​ˈmen(t)-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
dimensionality \ də-​ˌmen(t)-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce dimension (audio) also  dī-​ \ noun
dimensionally \ də-​ˈmench-​nə-​lē How to pronounce dimension (audio) also  dī-​ , -​ˈmen(t)-​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb
dimensionless \ də-​ˈmen(t)-​shən-​ləs How to pronounce dimension (audio) also  dī-​ \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For many people, talking about Paris takes on a cinematic dimension — the sights, the food, the art, the music. Beth Woodcontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 July 2022 His reference to cake slicing implied a party dimension, suitable for an art exhibition’s opening celebration. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 Getty Images Easily add height, dimension, and bold color to your garden with these tall, easy-to-grow flowers. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 22 June 2022 Djinns are from a different dimension—the Noor Dimension—and the ones in our version of Earth (that’s Earth-199999 for the MCU, while the comic book Earth is Earth-616) were exiled and need a way to get back home. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 22 June 2022 Note that many advertisements on retirement focus solely on the first dimension—positive emotions or pleasure. Steve Vernon, Forbes, 8 June 2022 In each of these cases, courts focused on only one dimension of genetics, such as privacy rights or the value of genetic information for biomedical research. Liza Vertinsky, The Conversation, 3 June 2022 As in other recent docs that humanize showbiz legends, the involvement of stars’ children lends dimension, clear-eyed and heartfelt. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2022 When mathematicians add an extra dimension, new ways of contorting knots suddenly open up. Quanta Magazine, 18 May 2022 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, 23 Feb. 2018 Each barn is covered top to bottom in oversized shingles dimensioned to make the volume look smaller. Joseph Giovannini, ELLE Decor, 2 July 2015 See More

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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
di·​men·​sion | \ də-ˈmen-shən How to pronounce dimension (audio) \

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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