- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM magnitudemag·ni·tu·di·nous [mag-ni-tood-n-uhs, -tyood-], /ˌmæg nɪˈtud n əs, -ˈtyud-/, adjectiveo·ver·mag·ni·tude, noun
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You take all these pieces, put them together as a whole, and you realize the magnitude that conservative space in our society right now, whether it’s corporate America, Hollywood, the media, social media platforms, et cetera.Full Transcript: Sean Spicer on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’|Daniel Malloy|August 26, 2020|Ozy
When the region was struck by quakes of magnitude 6 or higher, the Velino aquifer springs released more than 600 metric tons of CO2 per day.Carbon dioxide from Earth’s mantle may trigger some Italian earthquakes|Maria Temming|August 26, 2020|Science News
Ocean drilling expeditions have repeatedly probed those lightless depths and uncovered cells that survive almost in suspended animation, consuming orders of magnitude less energy than their neighbors at the surface.
We know that some lakes are producing 10,000 kilograms of carbon per year — orders of magnitude lower, in terms of biomass production, than is typical of lakes that aren’t covered by ice — but they’re still eking out an existence.He Found ‘Islands of Fertility’ Beneath Antarctica’s Ice|Steve Nadis|July 20, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Those numbers, however, fail to capture the magnitude of the mounting crisis.Why South Asia’s COVID-19 Numbers Are So Low (For Now)|Puja Changoiwala|June 23, 2020|Quanta Magazine
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|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A subject of this magnitude requires national consensus-building.
Obama appeared acutely aware of the magnitude of the situation, and the urgency with which immediate action is needed.
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.
"Volume," except in its application to books, now carries with it an idea of magnitude.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1|Alexander Pope
You can't conceive there should be any effect of magnitude produced in the interior, however it has been vaulted or decorated.Mornings in Florence|John Ruskin
Events were soon to prove that the magnitude and imminence of the danger were even greater than he apprehended.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume II (of 2)|Hazard Stevens
It has often been observed that a building, in order to show its magnitude, must be seen all at once.The Seven Lamps of Architecture|John Ruskin
It may be a very small circumstance, but it is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science|Thomas Troward