dimension1 of 2
: 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
: 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
: the number of elements in a basis (see basis sense 5) of a vector space
: a lifelike or realistic quality
uses eccentric dialogue to add dimension to her characters
: the range over which or the degree to which something extends : scope —usually used in plural
the vast dimensions of the disaster
: one of the elements or factors making up a complete personality or entity : aspect
the social and political dimensions of the problem
obsolete : bodily form or proportions
… my dimensions are as well compact, my mind as generous, and my shape as true …—Shakespeare
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
: wood or stone cut to pieces of specified size
: a level of existence or consciousness
… a secular as well as spiritual dimension …—Catherine Bates
dimensioned; dimensioning də-ˈmen(t)-shə-niŋ
: to form to the required dimensions (see dimension entry 1 sense 1a(1))
a table dimensioned to fit the space
: to indicate the dimensions of (as on a drawing)
dimensioning the plans
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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NounPierce said social media had added a different dimension to how stars are perceived. —Sopan Deb, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2023 Headroom is the only dimension lacking, but in light of its other benefits, the rear area is still a minor triumph. —William Jeanes, Car and Driver, 22 Apr. 2023 Some, including lawyers for Ralph, pressed the racial dimension of the case. —Margaret Stafford And Jim Salter, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Apr. 2023 Why is that particular character animated in three dimensions? —Rafael Motamayor, Vulture, 18 Apr. 2023 Civic and political leaders demanded justice and some, including lawyers for Yarl, pressed the racial dimension of the case. —Margaret Stafford And Jim Salter, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Apr. 2023 All create an interplay, too, between line and shadow, and between two and three dimensions. —Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2023 Escalating the civil war Experts have argued that a Saudi deal with the Houthis that does not address the pre-existing political problems among Yemen’s disparate groups will only end the international dimension of the war and could escalate the civil conflict. —Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 14 Apr. 2023 Ethan’s arrival adds another dimension to the ongoing love triangle between Devi, Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) and Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison). —Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Apr. 2023
VerbAaron 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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