magnitude
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnitudo, from magnus Date: 15th century 1. a. great size or extent b. (1) spatial quality ; size (2) quantity, number 2. the importance, quality, or caliber of something 3. a number representing the intrinsic or apparent brightness of a celestial body on a logarithmic scale in which an increase of one unit corresponds to a reduction in the brightness of light by a factor of 2.512 4. a numerical quantitative measure expressed usually as a multiple of a standard unit 5. the intensity of an earthquake represented by a number on an arbitrary scale <
a magnitude six earthquake
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  • Magnitude — may refer to: In mathematics: Magnitude (mathematics), the relative size of a mathematical object Magnitude (vector), a term for the size or length of a vector Scalar (mathematics), a quantity defined only by its magnitude Euclidean vector, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Magnitude — Mag ni*tude, n. [L. magnitudo, from magnus great. See {Master}, and cf. {Maxim}.] 1. Extent of dimensions; size; applied to things that have length, breadth, and thickness. [1913 Webster] Conceive those particles of bodies to be so disposed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • magnitude — Mag ni*tude, n. [L. magnitudo, from magnus great. See {Master}, and cf. {Maxim}.] 1. Extent of dimensions; size; applied to things that have length, breadth, and thickness. [1913 Webster] Conceive those particles of bodies to be so disposed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • magnitude — [mag′nə to͞od΄, mag′nətyo͞od΄] n. [L magnitudo < magnus, great: see MAGNI ] 1. greatness; specif., a) of size b) of extent c) of importance or influence d) Obs. of character 2 …   English World dictionary

  • magnitude — [n1] importance consequence, degree, eminence, grandeur, greatness, import, mark, moment, momentousness, note, pith, significance, signification, weight, weightiness; concept 668 Ant. insignificance, unimportance magnitude [n2] size admeasurement …   New thesaurus

  • magnitude — I noun amplitude, amplitudo, bearing, concern, consequence, consideration, degree, dimension, effect, eminence, enormity, essentiality, extension, extent, gauge, gravity, immensity, import, importance, magnitudo, mark, materiality, materialness,… …   Law dictionary

  • magnitude — (n.) c.1400, greatness of size or character, from L. magnitudo greatness, bulk, size, from magnus great (see MAGNATE (Cf. magnate)) + tudo, suffix forming abstract nouns from adjectives and participles (see TUDE (Cf. tude)). Meaning size, extent… …   Etymology dictionary

  • magnitude — s. f. 1. Qualidade do que é magno. 2. Importância; grandeza …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • magnitude — volume, *size, extent, dimensions, area Analogous words: amplitude, *expanse, stretch, spread: *bulk, mass, volume …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • magnitude — Magnitude, Magnitudo …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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