• WordNet 3.6
    • n dimmer a rheostat that varies the current through an electric light in order to control the level of illumination
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dimmer In electricity, an adjustable reactive coil used for reducing the amount of light of incandescent lamps.
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In literature:

And now his eyes could see in the dimmer moonlight that filtered through the branches overhead.
"Happy Ending" by Fredric Brown
Eyes not so bright as once, dimmer to-day for tears; hair sprinkled with gray.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
I entered cautiously, switched on the dimmer of the tube-lights, and searched the room.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
The glow of the flames grew dimmer and died at last with the first pale light to the eastward which announced the coming of the dawn.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
After a moment Acton sought the dimmer part of the room.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
My blue eyes are larger, dimmer; thicker lashes veil their light; Upon my cheek the crimson rose fast is fading to the white.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various
The light on the water became dimmer and finally faded out.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
The big room had grown dimmer.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
His eyes, accustomed to the dimmer light, took in the situation first; he smiled nervously and waited.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
Time went on and Pip grew older and bigger, and though he never forgot the adventure of the churchyard, yet the memory of it grew dimmer.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
The sound grew dimmer, was lost, in the sand of the hoof-cut trail.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
The stars sank back into the heavens, grew smaller and dimmer, and, one by one, disappeared.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
Dimmer and more dim the gorgeous host became.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
The next room was deserted, and the soft bluish light was dimmer here than in the nursery.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
Were there other impressions dimmer on the dry mud?
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
With each turn the streets narrowed and the light grew dimmer.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
The shaft was narrow, there was little light at the start and it grew dimmer as he went.
"The Brain" by Alexander Blade
I'll come back when it's dimmer.
"Accidental Flight" by Floyd L. Wallace
The light grew gradually dimmer until darkness again reigned in the cavern.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
But the dizziness in his head increased and his sight became dimmer.
"The Guns of Europe" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

I shall not wait to see to-morrow's morning,
Too bright the golden dawn for me,--too bright,--
How could I bear thine eyes' unconscious scorning
Of what so pleased thee in the dimmer light?
"Song Of Jasoda" by Laurence Hope
All dim in haze the mountains lay,
With dimmer vales between;
And rivers glimmered on their way,
By forests faintly seen;
While ever rose a murmuring sound,
From brooks below and bees around.
"The Hunter's Vision" by William Cullen Bryant
She has taken with her the rustle, the movement and
the shimmer,
The glide and the dart of birds and the woodland's
dusking glimmer:
Life was the ripple of her; the fire in things turns
"The Black Swallow-Tail Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
Mother whom we cherish, savage while so tender,
Do the lilies perish mourning their lost splendor?
Does the diamond shimmer brightlier that eternal
Time makes nothing dimmer of its light supernal?
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor
It is in and through Symbols that man, consciously or
unconsciously, lives, works, and has his being. For is not a Symbol
ever, to him who has eyes for it, some dimmer or clearer
revelation, of the Godlike?--("Sartor Resartus.")
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno
You have given us a shepherd--You have given us a guide,
And the light of Heaven grew dimmer when You sent him from Your
But he comes to lead Thy children where the gates will open wide
To welcome his returning when his works are glorified.
"Das Krist Kindel" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

New observations show that the nature of a dimmer, bluer star might provide a better fit for Sharpless 2–71's "birth parent" than the planetary nebula's long-assumed central star.
Strand Lighting – SST Sinewave Dimmer.
As days grow dimmer in the Sky Valley, taking the right vitamins can help your body cope with seasonal darkness.
Images in Lutron's TV ads demonstrate how easy it is to install a dimmer.
Before we say thank you to DMX512, it is fitting to look back 50 plus years and say thank you, George C Izenour, for the remote controlled dimmer and the 10-preset console.
Lightronics is introducing a new line of compact dimmers, the XC Series.
The outlook for economic recovery in Silicon Valley grew dimmer on Thursday.
Strand Lighting's new EC21 Dimmers and the OneLight range of Daylight luminaires were both recognized in the best Lighting Product Category at the ABTT Dinner in London June 15.
Strand Lighting chose the ABTT show for the UK launch of the new EC21 series dimmer racks.
One of the most inexpensive ways to curb household energy consumption is by replacing some of your home's toggle-style light switches with dimmer models.
With dimmer switches costing as little as $10 a pop, the return on your investment is definitely worth the time and effort you'll spend to install the new devices.
Some bulbs are dimmable, some not, and some only with specific dimmers.
With dimmers and some other bells and whistles - including installation - its final cost was about $78,000.
The International Space Station (ISS) is the third brightest object in the sky, dimmer only than the sun and the moon, so it should be easy to spot.
The sun is a no-show, and tourists get a dimmer view of L.A.

In science:

It is comparatively more blue than the host, only ∼0.3 magnitudes dimmer than the host in the F606W filter, and then progressively fainter in the longe r wavebands.
IR and Optical Observations of GRB 030115
The significant chance that a null starts or ends within the pulse window of the pulses that sur round it, would on average make these pulses dimmer than normal ones (Lyne & Ashworth 1983).
Radio Pulsars
The dimmer and dimmer emission powered by the weaker and weaker “late internal shocks” may dominate over the curvature effect of the early pulses, resulting in a shallower decay.
Late internal shock model for bright X-ray flares in Gamma-ray Burst afterglows and GRB 011121
Selecting galaxies with strong emission lines also allows us to probe the high-redshift luminosity function dimmer than the “spectroscopic” continuum limit of magnitude R = 25.5 that is used to select the Steidel et al.
Galaxy Formation
In an accelerating universe luminous ob jects at a given redshift appear to be dimmer.
Accelerating Universe: Observational Status and Theoretical Implications
Thus, at given redshift, luminous ob jects appear to be further away (dimmer) compared to an empty universe expanding with a constant rate (see Fig. 2).
Accelerating Universe: Observational Status and Theoretical Implications
Thus, during the X-ray flare the optical afterglow from the forward shock is expected to be much dimmer than the extrapolation from the times before and after the flare.
GeV-TeV and X-ray flares from gamma-ray bursts
M − LX relation and suggest that the true normalization of this relation is a factor of 2 dimmer than estimated from the RASS-based HIFLUGCS sample of Reiprich & B¨ohringer (2002).
The Cluster Mass Function from Weak Gravitational Lensing
Sub-mm sources behind the cluster would either be lensed to the Einstein ring and beyond, or be much dimmer than their unlensed brightness, thus leaving the central area of a cluster free from lensed emission.
A study of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich increment using archival SCUBA data
The low velocity regions, near the pole, will thus have a stronger impact on the spectrum than the dimmer faster regions near the equator.
Evolution towards the critical limit and the origin of Be stars
For example, Pica & Smith (1983) use a χ2 and the so called Q –statistics, based on the di fference between the brightest and the dimmer observations, to investigate long term variability in approximately 6000 photographic observations of 130 AGNs of different types monitored during 13 years.
Testing tests on AGN microvariability
The disk also appears dimmer in H than in Ks which might be consistent again with HST data.
Morphology of the very inclined debris disk around HD 32297
The latter (S/N ∼ 100-300) is rather low for the standards of spectropolarimetry (generally S/N > 500), as a result of the SN being dimmer than estimated when observations were done (MB ∼ 16.2).
Spectropolarimetry of the Type Ia SN 2007sr Two Months After Maximum Light
As can be seen by comparing the pairs of diamond symbols (Figures 1 and 2) with the observed TDF determinations for the six brightness groups, the uncertainties are such that T DFact is only constrained to the range ∼ 2–3 for the dimmer groups via both the PA and ACF measures.
Calibration of Tests for Time Dilation in GRB Pulse Structures
The key observation is that there is a lower limit to the luminosity, and therefore also the temperature, of nearby white dwarfs; although dimmer ones could have been seen, none have been found.
Dark Matter and Structure Formation in the Universe