[ US /ˈdɪm/ ]
[ UK /dˈɪm/ ]
  1. make dim or lusterless
    Time had dimmed the silver
  2. become vague or indistinct
    The distinction between the two theories blurred
  3. switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
  4. make dim by comparison or conceal
  5. become dim or lusterless
    the lights dimmed and the curtain rose
  1. made dim or less bright
    the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation
    dimmed headlights
    we like dimmed lights when we have dinner
  2. lacking clarity or distinctness
    a dim figure in the distance
    only a faint recollection
    shadowy figures in the gloom
    a few wispy memories of childhood
    saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
  3. offering little or no hope
    the future looked black
    Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult
    prospects were bleak
    took a dim view of things
  4. lacking in light; not bright or harsh
    a dim light beside the bed
    subdued lights and soft music
  5. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
    dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
    worked with the slow students
    he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
    although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick
    never met anyone quite so dim
    so dense he never understands anything I say to him
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How To Use dim In A Sentence

  • There is another dimension to this problem which you haven't considered.
  • For example, paper might appear to be two-dimensional because it is so thin.
  • I can find no legitimate references to the use of metallic, inorganic, or organic silver compounds as a sanitizer, disinfectant, or sterilizing agent. quaternary ammonium chloride compounds - Mixtures of compounds such as alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, dioctyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, and octyl decyl dimethyl ammonium chloride are very commonly used as surface sanitizer; if you look at your household cleaners that claim disinfecting properties, there's a high percentage chance that you'll find a "quat". Question ;Microdyne
  • He admitted killing her but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility and loss of control. Times, Sunday Times
  • Considering my diminutiveness, the size of the pail in my lap, and my drinking out of it my breath held and my face buried to the ears in foam, it was rather difficult to estimate how much I drank. Chapter 3
  • This concept of embodiment doesn't apply just to times of exertion, of course.
  • So, the system of existential graphs actually requires three dimensions for its representations, although the third dimension in which the torus is embedded can usually be represented in two dimensions by the use of pictorial devices that Peirce called “fornices” or “tunnel-bridges” and by the use of identificational devices that Peirce called Nobody Knows Nothing
  • The abrupt facies shift, bioturbation and cemented nature of the surfaces suggests that they represent marine flooding surfaces, formed during a rapid rise in relative sea level and/or a reduction in sediment supply.
  • The ensuing grassroots campaign failed to save "embrangle" (to confuse or entangle) and "caliginosity" (dimness, darkness). Jezebel
  • Hence, the aim of the analysis of attitudes was to reveal the hidden patterns typically sedimented in particular social and cultural contexts.
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