- a property of space; extension in a given direction: A straight line has one dimension, a parallelogram has two dimensions, and a parallelepiped has three dimensions.
- the generalization of this property to spaces with curvilinear extension, as the surface of a sphere.
- the generalization of this property to vector spaces and to Hilbert space.
- the generalization of this property to fractals, which can have dimensions that are noninteger real numbers.
- extension in time: Space-time has three dimensions of space and one of time.
- measurement in length, width, and thickness.
- scope; importance: the dimensions of a problem.
- a magnitude that, independently or in conjunction with other such magnitudes, serves to define the location of an element within a given set, as of a point on a line, an object in a space, or an event in space-time.
- the number of elements in a finite basis of a given vector space.
verb (used with object)
Origin of dimension
Examples from the Web for dimensions
But the comedic genius was wrong; success in most dimensions of the human enterprise is showing up at the right time.Why We Should Delay The Israel-Palestinian Peace Process|Aaron David Miller|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Universe we inhabit seems to be four-dimensional: the three dimensions of height, length, and depth, along with time.
It may well be that the truth in all its dimensions is too difficult for the current generation to confront.
No one can predict the direction or dimensions of robotics a decade from now.Robotic Technologies Could Aggravate the U.S. Problem of Slow Jobs Growth|Robert Shapiro|July 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was a very emotional, hard experience to listen to utter grief—the dimensions of the tragedy and the voices of those ladies.Oklahoma Tornado Tests Gov. Mary Fallin, and She’s Emerging a Star|Lloyd Grove|May 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They shall in every respect conform accurately to drawing and dimensions furnished and shall be free from burrs.
With a tube of the dimensions given this is a very simple affair.On Laboratory Arts|Richard Threlfall
For example, in a complete round of artillery ammunition, 80 dimensions must be gauged.America's Munitions 1917-1918|Benedict Crowell
These dimensions are large for European pines, about averaging those of the Norwegian.Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia|Thomas Forester
In addition to fixing the capacities of these standard baskets of this type, the law also prescribes their dimensions.
British Dictionary definitions for dimensions
- the product or the quotient of the fundamental physical quantities (such as mass, length, or time) raised to the appropriate power in a derived physical quantitythe dimensions of velocity are length divided by time
- the power to which such a fundamental quantity has to be raised in a derived quantity
- to shape or cut to specified dimensions
- to mark with specified dimensions
Word Origin for dimension
Word Origin and History for dimensions
late 14c., "measurement, size," from Latin dimensionem (nominative dimensio) "a measuring," noun of action from past participle stem of dimetri "to measure out," from dis- (see dis-) + metiri "to measure" (see measure). Meaning "any component of a situation" is from 1929. Related: Dimensional; dimensions.
Medicine definitions for dimensions
Science definitions for dimensions
- Any one of the three physical or spatial properties of length, area, and volume. In geometry, a point is said to have zero dimension; a figure having only length, such as a line, has one dimension; a plane or surface, two dimensions; and a figure having volume, three dimensions. The fourth dimension is often said to be time, as in the theory of General Relativity. Higher dimensions can be dealt with mathematically but cannot be represented visually.
- The measurement of a length, width, or thickness.