1 lacking in light; not bright or harsh; "a dim light beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music" [syn: subdued]
2 lacking clarity or distinctness; "a dim figure in the distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood" [syn: faint, shadowy, vague, wispy]
3 made dim or less bright; "the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"; "dimmed headlights"; "we like dimmed lights when we have dinner" [syn: dimmed] [ant: undimmed]
4 offering little or no hope; "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things" [syn: black, bleak]
5 slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students" [syn: dense, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow]
1 switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam [syn: dip]
2 become or make darker; "The screen darkend"; "He darkened the colors by adding brown" [syn: darken] [ant: brighten]
3 become dim or lusterless; "the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"
4 make dim or lusterless; "Time had dimmed the silver"
5 make dim by comparison or conceal [syn: blind]
6 become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two theories blurred" [syn: blur, slur] [ant: focus] [also: dimming, dimmed, dimmest, dimmer]
- dĭm, /dɪm/, /dIm/
- Rhymes: -ɪm
EtymologyOld English dimm
not bright, not colourful
- ttbc Dutch: schemerig, schemerige
- ttbc Japanese: 薄暗い
- ttbc Korean: 희미한 (hwimihan)
- ttbc Portuguese: fraco, sombrio, vago, não ofuscante
- To make something less bright.
- To become darker.
- Italian: affievolirsi
- smoke (particles and vapor/vapour given off by burning material)
Dim can mean:
- A low level of illumination (lighting); lacking in brightness. It may originate from the phrase "Darker than it was this morning."
- Lack of brightness in the intellectual sense; not smart.
- In most versions of the BASIC
programming language, a keyword that declares a variable or
- In Visual Basic .NET, a method to declare any variable.
- A minor character in the novel A Clockwork Orange.
The abbreviation dim can refer to:
- Dimension, a
measure of how many parameters is sufficient to describe an object
- Dimension (vector space), the number of vectors needed to describe the basis in a vector space, in linear algebra.
- Diminished chord, a dissonant chord with a minor third and diminished fifth to the root in music theory.
The abbreviation dIm can mean:
dim in German: DIM
dim in French: Dim
dim in Italian: DIM
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