- 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.
They were in fact of such magnitude that he received a $15 million bonus in 2009, reportedly more than Blankfein was awarded.Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat|Michael Daly|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But apparently there are scoops of great magnitude to be gleaned from these repetitive pictures.
Never did events of the utmost magnitude hinge on incidents so trivial to the community at large.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The magnitude, and variety, and demands of the objects embraced by it, define the times necessary for engaging in it.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
But this great re-emigration produced evils of no common magnitude in Brazil.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
Only less in order of magnitude than the hurricanes are the circular storms known as cyclones.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
The magnitude and the far-reaching results of his work are coming to be more and more appreciated by the English people.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy