dim·​mer | \ ˈdi-mər How to pronounce dimmer (audio) \

Definition of dimmer

1 : a device for regulating the intensity of an electric lighting unit
2 : low beam

Examples of dimmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Corinthian loan forgiveness skirts those issues because students of for-profit colleges tend to be lower income and often have dimmer job prospects. Noah Biermanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 The more decidedly rock tune, build over an ominous, brooding track appears to chronicle the dimmer side of drinking, as Malone sings about losing teeth, and some of his dignity, while hitting the bottle. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 25 Apr. 2022 Higher inflation will likely weigh on consumer spending as Americans take a dimmer view of the economy. Christopher Rugaber, ajc, 30 Mar. 2022 But the fragmentation of media and entertainment has meant many more (if far dimmer) spotlights, while the rise of social media has allowed fame-seekers to stop running after capricious tastemakers and simply stand in front of a ring light. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021 The elegant example at right, Forbes & Lomax’s aged-brass dimmer, upgrades a design detail often overlooked. Catherine Dash, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 An arriving officer talked to the caller, who said a woman was seen taking black-out curtains, a trimmer, a Google Nest Mini and a smart bulb dimmer from the business. John Benson, cleveland, 3 Feb. 2022 Richardson dials down the dimmer on his sunny demeanor only once, to mock a passing sports car — rolling his eyes at the flashy vehicle and the extra $50 its driver spent on one of the newly ubiquitous black California license plates. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Jan. 2022 The continents were in different places, oceans were connected differently, vegetation cover was far from similar, the Sun was slightly dimmer, and the planet was free of ice. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dimmer

circa 1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jun 2022

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“Dimmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dimmer. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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