fourth dimension


Definition of fourth dimension

1 : a dimension in addition to length, breadth, and depth specifically : a coordinate in addition to three rectangular coordinates especially when interpreted as the time coordinate in a space-time continuum
2 : something outside the range of ordinary experience

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Other Words from fourth dimension

fourth-dimensional adjective

Examples of fourth dimension in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Matthew Salesses considers the impact of his wife’s passing, and other factors, on his experience as a human passing through the fourth dimension. Sari Botton, Longreads, "Five Longreads Stories Selected for 2020 Editions of the ‘Best American’ Series," 13 May 2020 Though it was published a full decade before Einstein's theory of relativity, the book treats time as a fourth dimension, independent of the three dimensions of space, similar to how it is conceived in Einstein’s physics. Quanta Magazine, "Arrows of Time," 5 May 2020 And who could resist a detour into the fourth dimension at Time Travel Mart, which benefits Dave Eggers’ writing program for kids? Rachel Schnalzer,, "Four Hours: Laid-back Mar Vista is a calm haven amid the bustling Westside," 28 June 2019 Increasingly, though, there’s a fourth dimension: how much longer a destination or experience, as advertised, will be around for a tourist to enjoy. John Briley, Washington Post, "Endangered destinations," 18 July 2019 This notion that time is just a fourth dimension is highly misleading. Quanta Magazine, "A Defense of the Reality of Time," 16 May 2017 Now imagine turning all current static tests into dynamic tests with capabilities for stress testing by adding a fourth dimension to diagnostics—time. WSJ, "Is There a Limit to the Human Lifespan?," 24 June 2018 The game is a physics engine operating in 4D space, allowing you to play with objects and explore the fourth dimension. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What It's Like to Play With 4D Hyperblocks," 22 June 2017 Chernow creates an interesting effect, working in a kind of fourth dimension: The reader’s mind keeps jumping from Grant’s 19th century to Trump’s 21st, making uneasy connections. Lance Morrow, National Review, "Ulysses Grant’s America and Ours," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of fourth dimension

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fourth dimension was in 1875

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“Fourth dimension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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