magnitude

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noun mag·ni·tude \ˈmag-nə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of magnitude

  1. 1a :  great size or extent cannot wage a war of such magnitude — A. N. Whitehead the magnitude of an earthquakeb (1) :  spatial quality :  size able to operate only over distances of very small magnitude — G. W. Gray (2) :  quantity, number the savings in amounts of metal … will be of dramatically significant magnitudesAmerican Fabrics

  2. 2 :  the importance, quality, or caliber of something evil of such magnitude as must, if possible, be prevented — Jane Austen a writer of first magnitude — Richard Plant

  3. 3 :  a number representing the intrinsic (see intrinsic 1a) or apparent brightness of a celestial (see 1celestial 2) body on a logarithmic scale in which an increase of one unit corresponds to a reduction in the brightness of light by a factor of 2.512

  4. 4 :  a numerical quantitative measure expressed usually as a multiple of a standard unit

  5. 5 :  the intensity of an earthquake represented by a number on an arbitrary scale a magnitude six earthquake

Examples of magnitude in a sentence

  1. the magnitude of the issue can scarcely be overstated

  2. the mountain's sheer magnitude usually leaves tourists speechless

Origin and Etymology of magnitude

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnitudo, from magnus


First Known Use: 15th century

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MAGNITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

magnitude

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noun mag·ni·tude \ˈmag-nə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of magnitude for English Language Learners

  • : the size, extent, or importance of something

  • : a number that shows the brightness of a star

  • : a number that shows the power of an earthquake


MAGNITUDE Defined for Kids

magnitude

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noun mag·ni·tude \ˈmag-nə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of magnitude for Students

  1. :  greatness of size or importance “How can you term an undertaking of such magnitude mere peddling?” — Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat


Medical Dictionary

magnitude

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noun mag·ni·tude \ˈmag-nə-ˌt(y)üd\

Medical Definition of magnitude

  1. :  relative size or extent



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