dim
I. adjective (dimmer; dimmest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English dimm; akin to Old High German timber dark Date: before 12th century 1. a. emitting or having a limited or insufficient amount of light <
dim stars
>
<
a dim lamp
>
<
a dim hallway
>
b. dull, lusterless <
dim colors
>
c. lacking pronounced, clear-cut, or vigorous quality or character <
a dim echo of the past
>
2. a. seen indistinctly <
a dim outline
>
b. perceived by the senses or mind indistinctly or weakly ; faint <
had only a dim notion of what was going on
>
c. having little prospect of favorable result or outcome <
a dim future
>
d. characterized by an unfavorable, skeptical, or pessimistic attitude — usually used in the phrase take a dim view of 3. not perceiving clearly and distinctly <
dim eyes
>
4. dim-witteddimly adverbdimmable adjectivedimness noun II. verb (dimmed; dimming) Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to make dim or lusterless 2. to reduce the light from intransitive verb to become dim III. noun Date: 14th century 1. archaic dusk, dimness 2. low beam IV. abbreviation 1. dimension 2. diminished 3. diminuendo 4. diminutive

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  • Dim — Dim, a. [Compar. {Dimmer}; superl. {Dimmest}.] [AS. dim; akin to OFries. dim, Icel. dimmr: cf. MHG. timmer, timber; of uncertain origin.] 1. Not bright or distinct; wanting luminousness or clearness; obscure in luster or sound; dusky; darkish;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • DIM — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • dim — dim1 [dim] adj. dimmer, dimmest [ME < OE, akin to ON dimmr, dark < IE base * dhem , to be dusty, misty > DAMP, Ger dunkel, dark] 1. not bright; somewhat dark 2. not clear or distinct in character; lacking definition, distinction,… …   English World dictionary

  • dim — dȉm m <N mn ovi> DEFINICIJA 1. a. lagana tvar koja se diže u zrak kad što izgara b. magla od morskih kapljica koju stvara bura 2. pren. ono što je varljivo, prividno 3. pov. meton. kuća, domaćinstvo kao jedinica po kojoj se obračunavaju… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • dim — [adj1] darkish blah, bleary, blurred, caliginous, cloudy, dark, dingy, dreary, dull, dusk, dusky, faded, faint, flat, fuzzy, gloomy, gray, ill defined, indistinct, lackluster, lightless, mat, monotone, monotonous, murky, muted, obscured, opaque,… …   New thesaurus

  • Dim — may refer to: A low level of lighting; lacking in brightness A keyword that declares a variable or array, in most versions of BASIC Stupidity, a lack of intelligence The abbreviation dim may refer to: Deportivo Independiente Medellín, a Colombian …   Wikipedia

  • dim. — dim. 〈Abk. für lat.〉 diminuendo * * * dim. = diminuendo. * * * dim.,   dimin., Musik: Abkürzungen für diminuendo. * * * dim. = diminuendo …   Universal-Lexikon

  • dim — ► ADJECTIVE (dimmer, dimmest) 1) (of a light or illuminated object) not shining brightly or clearly. 2) made difficult to see by darkness, shade, or distance. 3) (of the eyes) not able to see clearly. 4) not clearly remembered. 5) informal stupid …   English terms dictionary

  • Dim — Dim, v. i. To grow dim. J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dim — Dim, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dimmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dimming}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] A king among his courtiers …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dim — O.E. dimm dark, gloomy, obscure, from P.Gmc. *dimbaz (Cf. O.N. dimmr, O.Fris. dim, O.H.G. timber dark, black, somber ). Not known outside Germanic. Slang sense of stupid is from 1892. The verb was also in O.E. Related: Dimly; dimmed; dimming …   Etymology dictionary

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