dimension

noun
di·​men·​sion | \ də-ˈmen(t)-shən How to pronounce dimension (audio) also dī- How to pronounce dimension (audio) \

Essential Meaning of dimension

1 : the length, width, height, or depth of something : a measurement in one direction (such as the distance from the ceiling to the floor in a room) She carefully measured each dimension of the room. The room's dimensions [=its length, width, and height] were surprisingly small.
2 : the amount or number of things that something affects or influences
3 : a part of something There are many dimensions [=aspects] to the problem. The social/political/religious dimensions of the problem must also be taken into account. The more powerful engine gives this car a (whole) new dimension. [=makes the car very different]

Full Definition of dimension

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a mathematics
(1) : 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
(2) : 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
(3) : the number of elements in a basis (see basis sense 5) of a vector space
b : the quality of spatial extension : magnitude, size … the town's modest dimensions and leisurely ways …— Jane Shellhase
c : a lifelike or realistic quality uses eccentric dialogue to add dimension to her characters
d : the range over which or the degree to which something extends : scope usually used in plural the vast dimensions of the disaster
e : one of the elements or factors making up a complete personality or entity : aspect the social and political dimensions of the problem
2 obsolete : bodily form or proportions … my dimensions are as well compact, my mind as generous, and my shape as true …— Shakespeare
3 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
4 : wood or stone cut to pieces of specified size
5 : a level of existence or consciousness … a secular as well as spiritual dimension— Catherine Bates

dimension

verb
dimensioned; dimensioning\ də-​ˈmen(t)-​shə-​niŋ How to pronounce dimension (audio) also  dī-​ \

Definition of dimension (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form to the required dimensions (see dimension entry 1 sense 1a(1)) a table dimensioned to fit the space
2 : to indicate the dimensions of (as on a drawing) dimensioning the plans

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Other Words from dimension

Noun

dimensional \ də-​ˈmench-​nəl How to pronounce dimension (audio) also  dī-​ How to pronounce dimension (audio) , -​ˈmen(t)-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
dimensionality \ də-​ˌmen(t)-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce dimension (audio) also  dī-​ \ noun
dimensionally \ də-​ˈmench-​nə-​lē How to pronounce dimension (audio) also  dī-​ , -​ˈmen(t)-​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb
dimensionless \ də-​ˈmen(t)-​shən-​ləs How to pronounce dimension (audio) also  dī-​ \ adjective

Examples of dimension in a Sentence

Noun She carefully measured each dimension of the room. The social dimensions of the problem must also be taken into account.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Certainly, there’s a political dimension to Madonna’s art. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 8 Oct. 2021 Suddenly Titane rips the rug from beneath our feet with a conflicting, worrisome new dimension of questions and hang-ups. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 8 Oct. 2021 Layering them, either squarely aligned or overlaid on an angle, unifies the design elements plus adds interest and dimension. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Oct. 2021 Think of it as a way to create dimension on the face before layering over it with extra coverage. Erica La Sala, Allure, 5 Oct. 2021 The trial also has a human dimension, watched closely by those whose family members are part of the roughly 500,000 Americans whose deaths are attributed to opioid abuse over the past two decades. Mark Gillispie, chicagotribune.com, 2 Oct. 2021 To give the character dimension and credibility, Gaga studied Ms. Reggiani’s vocal cadence and attitude. Marc Myers, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 The consumption of the two sports and the respective fan relationships (once a week viewership vs. multiple nights per week) also provides a different dimension for Dapper to potentially take advantage of. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 One common style and dimension is a three-hole faucet with a four-inch spread, which is commonly referred to as a center-set faucet. Amanda Richards, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Aaron 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

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First Known Use of dimension

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dimension

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin dimension-, dimensio, from dimetiri to measure out, from dis- + metiri to measure — more at measure

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The first known use of dimension was in the 14th century

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“Dimension.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dimension. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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dimension

noun
di·​men·​sion | \ də-ˈmen-shən How to pronounce dimension (audio) \

Kids Definition of dimension

: the length, width, or height of something

dimension

noun
di·​men·​sion | \ də-ˈmen-chən also dī- \

Medical Definition of dimension

: measure in one direction specifically : one of three or four coordinates determining a position in space or space and time

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