- Also called visual magnitude, apparent magnitude.the brightness of a star or other celestial body as viewed by the unaided eye and expressed by a mathematical ratio of 2.512: a star of the first magnitude is approximately 2½ times as bright as one of the second magnitude and 100 times brighter than one of the sixth magnitude. Only stars of the sixth magnitude or brighter can be seen with the unaided eye.
- absolute magnitude.
Origin of magnitude
Related Words for magnitudeconsequence, weight, degree, significance, breadth, strength, capacity, proportion, amount, volume, intensity, extent, measurement, enormity, dimension, immensity, quantity, momentousness, mark, note
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Contemporary Examples of magnitude
Unlike Maryland, national costs for institutionalization as opposed to HCBS do not differ by an order of magnitude.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
A subject of this magnitude requires national consensus-building.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
Obama appeared acutely aware of the magnitude of the situation, and the urgency with which immediate action is needed.Obama Warns UN of Looming Ebola ‘Catastrophe’
September 25, 2014
A pair of magnitude 4-5 earthquakes in the Los Angeles basin.
Over the month before that, there were 574 earthquakes globally of magnitude 4.5 or greater.
Historical Examples of magnitude
Dick went on speaking with a seriousness suited to the magnitude of his interests.Within the Law
I have no illusions about the magnitude of the job, of its practical hopelessness.Slaves of Mercury
Let then your future life show that you are not insensible of the magnitude of the obligation.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
"An experiment of this magnitude shouldn't be treated so lightly," he added acidly.The Second Voice
One can show his sense of the magnitude of his crime even by the manner of defending it.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper