dim·​mer | \ˈdi-mər \

Definition of dimmer 

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

2 : low beam

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Using dimmers can also instantly change the mood of a room. Rachel Kashdan, ELLE Decor, "9 Expert Apartment Lighting Ideas That Will Transform Your Space," 27 Oct. 2016 His work brought us the Triac semiconductor, and familiar parts of our daily lives such as daylight-sensitive streetlights, light dimmers, and the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt mechanism, to name but a few. courant.com, "Edward Keith Howell," 27 May 2018 Invest in some lamp dimmers to ensure everyone looks their best. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Sophisticated Halloween Party for Adults," 7 Aug. 2017 And window dimmers and noise insulation helps him avoid harsh light and sounds that can trigger anxiety. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Students share big ideas about tiny homes," 31 Mar. 2018 Remove harsh lights, and replace them with more calming varieties, and use dimmers or adjustable lamps whenever possible. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Improve Your Mood With These 5 Decorating Tips," 1 Oct. 2015 On that score, a dim outlook is only growing dimmer. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump's tax package is shrinking before the fight has even begun," 17 Oct. 2017 Great for turning lights on and off, controlling dimmers, and adjusting HVAC. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Home Mini review—A gateway drug for the Google Assistant," 15 Oct. 2017 Invest in some lamp dimmers to ensure everyone looks their best. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Sophisticated Halloween Party," 19 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of dimmer

circa 1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dimmer was circa 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of dimmer

: a device that allows you to control the brightness of a light

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