# dimension

[dih-men-shuh n, dahy-]

- Mathematics.
- 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.

- Usually dimensions.
- measurement in length, width, and thickness.
- scope; importance: the dimensions of a problem.

- unit(def 6).
- magnitude; size: Matter has dimension.
- Topology.
- 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.

- Physics. any of a set of basic kinds of quantity, as mass, length, and time, in terms of which all other kinds of quantity can be expressed; usually denoted by capital letters, with appropriate exponents, placed in brackets: The dimensions of velocity are [LT−1].Compare dimensional analysis.
- dimensions, Informal. the measurements of a woman's bust, waist, and hips, in that order: The chorus girl's dimensions were 38-24-36.
- dimension lumber.

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- to shape or fashion to the desired dimensions: Dimension the shelves so that they fit securely into the cabinet.
- to indicate the dimensions of an item, area, etc., on (a sketch or drawing).

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## Origin of dimension^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms for dimension on Thesaurus.com2b. range, extent, magnitude.

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## Examples from the Web for dimensions

### Contemporary Examples

#### But the comedic genius was wrong; success in most dimensions of the human enterprise is showing up at the right time.

#### 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 GrowthRobert Shapiro

July 19, 2013

#### It was a very emotional, hard experience to listen to utter grief—the dimensions of the tragedy and the voices of those ladies.

### Historical Examples

#### A representation in two dimensions of something wearisome in three.

The Devil's DictionaryAmbrose Bierce

#### The dimensions and plan of the snow-house were then settled by the Doctor.

The Field of IceJules Verne

#### The villages situated along the Sind do not shine by their dimensions.

The Unknown Life of Jesus ChristNicolas Notovitch

#### The reader will notice that no dimensions have been given for this boat.

Boys' Book of Model BoatsRaymond Francis Yates

#### If we could see in four dimensions we could see them all spread out before us.

The Einstein See-SawMiles John Breuer

# dimension

- (often plural) a measurement of the size of something in a particular direction, such as the length, width, height, or diameter
- (often plural) scope; size; extenta problem of enormous dimensions
- aspecta new dimension to politics
- maths the number of coordinates required to locate a point in space
- physics
- 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

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- (tr) mainly US
- to shape or cut to specified dimensions
- to mark with specified dimensions

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## Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Latin dīmensiō an extent, from dīmētīrī to measure out, from mētīrī

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## Word Origin and History for dimensions

# dimension

### n.

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.

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# dimension

(dĭ-mĕn′shən, dī-)- A measure of spatial extent, especially width, height, or length.
- Scope or magnitude.

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# dimension

[dĭ-mĕn′shən]

- 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.

- A unit, such as mass, time, or charge, associated with a physical quantity and used as the basis for other measurements, such as acceleration.

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