• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dim lacking in light; not bright or harsh "a dim light beside the bed","subdued lights and soft music"
    • adj dim made dim or less bright "the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation","dimmed headlights","we like dimmed lights when we have dinner"
    • adj dim 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"
    • adj dim 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"
    • adj dim 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"
    • v dim become vague or indistinct "The distinction between the two theories blurred"
    • v dim make dim by comparison or conceal
    • v dim make dim or lusterless "Time had dimmed the silver"
    • v dim become dim or lusterless "the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"
    • v dim switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
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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.
    • Dim Not bright or distinct; wanting luminousness or clearness; obscure in luster or sound; dusky; darkish; obscure; indistinct; overcast; tarnished. "The dim magnificence of poetry.""How is the gold become dim !""I never saw
      The heavens so dim by day."
      "Three sleepless nights I passed in sounding on,
      Through words and things, a dim and perilous way."
    • Dim Of obscure vision; not seeing clearly; hence, dull of apprehension; of weak perception; obtuse. "Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow.""The understanding is dim ."
    • Dim To deprive of distinct vision; to hinder from seeing clearly, either by dazzling or clouding the eyes; to darken the senses or understanding of. "Her starry eyes were dimmed with streaming tears."
    • v. i Dim To grow dim.
    • Dim To render dim, obscure, or dark; to make less bright or distinct; to take away the luster of; to darken; to dull; to obscure; to eclipse. "A king among his courtiers, who dims all his attendants.""Now set the sun, and twilight dimmed the ways."
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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.
    • dim Faintly luminous; somewhat obscure from lack of light or luminosity; dark; obscure; shadowy.
    • dim Not clearly seen; indistinct; obscured by some intervening medium imperfectly transparent, as mist or haze; misty; hazy; hence, figuratively, not clearly apprehended; faint; vague: as, a dim prospect; a dim recollection.
    • dim Dull in luster; lusterless; tarnished.
    • dim Not seeing clearly; having the vision obscured and indistinct, as the eye.
    • dim Not clearly apprehending; dull of apprehension.
    • dim =Syn.2. Indistinct, ill-defined, indefinite, shadowy, confused, mysterious, imperfect.
    • n dim The dark; darkness; night.
    • dim To make dim, faint, or obscure; render less bright, clear, or distinct; becloud; obscure; tarnish; sully: as, to dim the eye; to dim the vision; to dim the prospect; to dim gold.
    • dim To become dim, faint, or obscure; fade.
    • dim An abbreviation of diminuendo.
    • n dim An abbreviation of diminutive
    • n dim of the Latin dimidius, one half.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dim dim not bright or distinct: obscure: mysterious: not seeing clearly
    • v.t Dim to make dark: to obscure
    • v.i Dim to become dim:—pr.p. dim′ming; pa.p. dimmed
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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. dim,; akin to OFries. dim, Icel. dimmr,: cf. MHG. timmer, timber,; of uncertain origin


In literature:

A dim knowledge advanced toward her like a wall of fog.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Then the two stood silent, looking out over the dim valley, hand in hand.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
And now artillery was coming, bumping down the dim street with clatter of chain and harness jingling.
"Special Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
In the dim twilight it was impossible to make out the country which lay vaguely outspread at their feet.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
Molyneux impresses more than Mullins, of which it is merely the dim., Fr.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
In the dimly lighted vestibule he took both her hands.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
When the moose tracks were too dim for her eyes to see, he followed them with ease.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Dimly he was aware that this everlasting fear on her account constituted an insult to her.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The rector had his Greek Testament with him, and could just read it by the help of the dim light.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
In the dim light I could see that they were leaving the vessel.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking

In poetry:

Sleep! Yet thy days are mine;
Love's seal is over thee:
Far though my ways from thine,
Dim though thy memory.
"The Pierrot Of The Minute" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
I want to die while you love me,
And never, never see
The glory of this perfect day
Grow dim, or cease to be!
"I Want To Die While You Love Me" by Georgia Douglas Johnson
The clouds in woe hang far and dim;
I look again, and lo,
Only a faint and shadow line
Of shore--I watch it go.
"Last Sight Of Land" by Cale Young Rice
Far parted,
We wander, sleep-walking,
Mere shadows, dim-stalking:
Orphans we roam,
Far from home.
"A Song Prayer" by George MacDonald
From dimly moonlit places
They thrust long throats of white,
And lovely lifted faces
Of fragrant snow and light.
"The Message Of The Lilies" by Madison Julius Cawein
My lady in her white silk shawl
Is like a lily dim,
Within the twilight of the room
Enthroned and kind and prim.
"My Lady In Her White Silk Shawl" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Chances Dim for Fairfax School Time Change.
It's been close to a month since the doors opened to Scofflaw , a Logan Square bar and lounge that, like certain cocktail-driven predecessors, resembles an alluring, dimly lit sitting room.
Hopes for resurgence in the broader economy might be fading, but that hasn't dimmed analysts' expectations for healthy growth in the housing sector, particularly when it comes to new construction.
They quickly fill the dimly lit house of worship, filled with love for their patron saint, their protector against earthly evil: Nativo Lopez.
Sewerage ' vote Oct 13 offers dim hope for those facing payoff tax.
Can a vasectomy dim a guy's enjoyment of sex.
As you may have gleaned from perusing this space previously, I take a dim view of conventional wisdom and the morons who spout it.
Moon's brief power to eclipse sun brings thousands out into dimmed morning light.
More than a third of the fund is held in cash, a defensive position in line with Wiggins' dim outlook.
Dim the Lights / News A smattering of NATO protest Missed Connections.
It orbits its dim red dwarf once every 36.6 days, at a distance of about 14 million miles.
Dim look at Indians prospects.
Student loans rise, job opportunities dim.
Two mostly naked female models, posed perfectly still, were portraying a classic dominatrix scene last Friday in a spacious and dimly lit Chelsea art gallery.
EXETER, England — He sits in a dimly lit office at a desk like any other, a spider plant at his shoulder, facing a pair of computer screens.

In science:

Due to injectivity of map ad I+ : gk → gk+1 for negative k we may unambiguously solve for dim g−i−1 unknowns contained in ni+1 and remain with mi = dim g−i − dim g−i−1 scalar equations for nj , where j < i.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
In the appendix we give a general proof.) Furthermore, one clearly has dim Z1 (H -mod) = dim D(H )-mod = dim D(H ) = (dim H )2 = (dim H -mod)2 , where dim C is the dimension of the monoidal category C as defined above.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Follows from dim B = dim A and dim A = (dim C )2 .
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
The proof relies on the following double commutant theorem: If C is a modular ∗-category and K is a semisimple monoidal subcategory closed under duality then (i) K′′ = K and (ii) dim K ·dim K′ = dim C .
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
By the above, we have dim(I (C ) ∨ ˜I ( ˜C )) = dim(C ⊠ ˜C ) = (dim C )2 , which coincides with the dimension of Z1 (C ) by our main theorem.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors