• WordNet 3.6
    • n dimness the quality of being dim or lacking contrast
    • n dimness the property of lights or sounds that lack brilliance or are reduced in intensity
    • n dimness the state of being poorly illuminated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Goldfish lose their color if they are kept in dim light or are placed in a body of running water, such as a stream.
    • Dimness Dullness, or want of clearness, of vision or of intellectual perception.
    • Dimness The state or quality of being dim; lack of brightness, clearness, or distinctness; dullness; obscurity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Plants that need to attract moths for pollination are generally white or pale yellow, to be better seen when the light is dim. Plants that depend on butterflies, such as the poppy or the hibiscus, have more colorful flowers.
    • n dimness The state of being dim or obscure; want of clearness, brightness, or distinctness; dullness; vagueness: applied either to the object or to the medium of vision or perception: as, the dimness of a view, of color, or of gold; the dimness of twilight or of the sky; dimness of vision, of understanding, memory, etc.
    • n dimness Synonyms Obscurity, Gloom, etc. See darkness.
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.”
  • Louis-Ferdinand Celine
    “Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.”
  • Richard Whately
    “In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed, we see most dimly the objects which are close around us.”
  • Maurice Chevalier
    Maurice Chevalier
    “Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. dimness,


In literature:

Hark to the dim ghosts' faint and feeble cry, As on the cloudy tempest they pass by!
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1" by William Lisle Bowles
The dim mirrors seemed unreal.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
The corridor was dim, but plainly visible, and as far as I could see it was empty.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
She had a dim vision of David and fled from it, then felt relief at the sight of Daddy John.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The dimming pulse of a cab or car alone disturbed the quietude.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
She wore a blue-checked gown, and her pale hair seemed to shine in the dimming light.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
My marriage was dim and indistinct to me then.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
Carriages rolled perpetually by, motor-cars glided out of the dimness of one distance into the dimness of the other.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
That dim vision of the cloister and veil was dim as ever in the far distance.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
Once more he stood in the dimly-lighted passage, listening at his wife's door, with his fingers involuntarily clasping the handle.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
His eyes searched mine; and, dimmed by years and sorrow as they were, there was in them still a reminder of the unforgotten, eagle-gaze.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Realities had taken on a dim, unearthly quality.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
By and by he grew calmer and sat up, leaning against the tree and looking out into vacancy with dim eyes that saw nothing.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
It was a large room, a hybrid of bedroom and study, whose drawn shades had dimmed the brilliant morning into twilight.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
On my other side was Mercer, a huge, dim figure in his diving armor.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
At the other end of the dim passageway he glimpsed a scurrying figure!
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Alan, I knew, was groping with a dim idea, so strange he hardly dared voice it.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
She began to perceive dimly that they had different conceptions of love.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
When the table was bare he stalked out again and vanished into the dim forest.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
She saw a dim prospect of revenge.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick

In poetry:

We wander wide through evil years,
Our eyes of faith grow dim;
But he is freshest from His hands
And nearest unto Him!
"Child-Songs" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Peopling the shadows we turn from Him
And from one another;
All is spectral and vague and dim
Save God and our brother!
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And, unassuming as she moves,
The meek-eyed Queen of night,
Meets wand'ring vapours in her path
To dim her paler light!
"Reflection" by Matilda Betham
And my memory dimly gropes
Hints to gather from her song
Of forgotten fears and hopes,
Joys and griefs forgotten long.
"The Nightingale" by Victor James Daley
Deem we their enginery was not,
Far in the dim, eternal past?
Deem we eternity at last
Will find their thunders unbegot?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
The rain was pouring long and loud,
The sea was drear and dim;
A little fish was floating there:
Our Captain pitied him.
"Of The Dangers Attending Altruism On The High Seas." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

The desserts are to die for at the River Café, which also might be New York's most romantic restaurant, with a spectacular view of downtown Manhattan, dim lighting, heaps of flowers and live piano music.
For years, Martin Cruz Smith has written about Russia as a vivid hell on earth: gray, dim, meaningless, inhuman, inscrutable, hideous in almost every way.
Gadget Freak Case #209: Gradually Dimming Incandescent Bulb.
It's time for Gilbert Arenas to trade in his hibachi for a little dim sum.
A few dimly lit candles still burn in honor of young life that no longer shines, 18-year-old Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy.
A dim outline of Loughner's reflection can be seen in the door of this Pima College building.
The lights were dim, the ballroom hushed and the mood as taut as a paperback mystery.
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, Hillbilly Music : Vol 5.
Environmental consulting firms are a bright spot among dim architecture, engineering and planning companies, according to numbers from a just-released national business valuation survey.
It's no secret that some of the best cooking in town happens on Federal Boulevard, Denver's melting pot of noodles and pho, street tacos and salsas, dim sum and durian.
Postwar, a dimmed idealism .
The light may be dimming for incandescent bulbs starting October 1.
Yes, there are a few windows at Gitane, located down a dim and narrow alley in the Financial District, but they're few and easily covered.
After five years of stagnation, the American advertising industry is facing a dim and uncertain future.
To the inveterate snacker, the tidbit fanatic, the unapologetic lover of tapas, antipasti, and other foods miniature, dim sum is Nirvana Central.

In science:

Then dim X ≥ dim A, and so the Albanese map is surjective and dim X = dim A.
GV-sheaves, Fourier-Mukai transform, and Generic Vanishing
Since kZ ⊂ Acoπ and dim A = dim Acoπ dim π(A), kZ = Acoπ .
Simple Hopf algebras and deformations of finite groups
Then the fol lowing map qL from SL to F2 is a non-singular quadratic form on SL : qL (W ) = (cid:26) 0 if dim∗(W ) ∈ Z[[q ]], 1 if dim∗(W ) ∈ q 1/2Z[[q ]], where dim∗(W ) = Pj∈Q(dim Mj )q j for a representative M = ⊕j∈QMj of W .
Lifts of automorphisms of vertex operator algebras in simple current extensions
An intersection product ∩ : H(M )[dim(M )] ⊗ H(M )[dim(M )] → H(M )[dim(M )], given by [K, c] ∩ [L, d] = [K ×M L, c ◦ π ] for transversal chains c : K → M and d : L → M .
Homology and manifolds with corners
The bilinear form < > : H(M )[dim(M )] ⊗ H(M )[dim(M )] → C defined by < a, b >= tr(a ∩ b), for a, b ∈ H(M )[dim(M )], is non-degenerated by Poincar´e duality.
Homology and manifolds with corners
Given (µ, r − s), (λ, r) ∈ Γ, we have dim 1µ,r−sR(Γ)1λ,r = dim Homg(V (µ), g⊗s ⊗ V (λ)) − dim Homg(V (µ), S (s) (g) ⊗ V (λ)).
Current algebras, highest weight categories and quivers
Frostman’s lemma now gives dim(Lg ) ≥ 1 + α as desired. (ii) We now prove that dim(Lg ) ≤ 1 + dim(Ag ) under the assumption in (ii).
Scaling limits of bipartite planar maps are homeomorphic to the 2-sphere
In particular, dim A/f A = SPk (A) ⇔ ×f : Ai −→ Ai+k is (cid:26) injective if dim Ai ≤ dim Ai+k , surjective if dim Ai ≥ dim Ai+k .
The central simple modules of Artinian Gorenstein algebras
Furthermore, noting the equivalence of conditions A has the SLP ⇔ ∃g ∈ A1 such that, for all i < j , is (cid:26) injective if dim Ai ≤ dim Aj , surjective if dim Ai ≥ dim Aj , the assertion (3) easily follows from the argument above.
The central simple modules of Artinian Gorenstein algebras
With the same notation as above, let ℓ be any linear form of S . (1) dim V /ℓV = dim S/∆MAX (V ) + (ℓ). (2) dim V ∗/ℓV ∗ = dim S/∆MAX (V ∗ ) + (ℓ).
The central simple modules of Artinian Gorenstein algebras
Given D ⊆ A de finable, we de fine loc dim (x; D) := loc dim(x; eD). 3.8 Lemma. dim x is the dimension of c/M , for any N ∋ c |= x. 3.9 Remark.
O-minimal spectrum
For every x ∈ X , dim x ≤ loc dim(x) ≤ dim A.
O-minimal spectrum
If x ≤ y, then dim x ≤ dim y ≤ loc dim(x). 3.
O-minimal spectrum
W.l.o.g., we can assume that dim B = dim x ≥ dim y = dimC, and B and C disjoint.
O-minimal spectrum
Claim 1. dim z = dim y. 8 In fact, z < x implies that dim z ≤ n − 1.
O-minimal spectrum