from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A measure of spatial extent, especially width, height, or length.
- n. Extent or magnitude; scope. Often used in the plural: a problem of alarming dimensions.
- n. Aspect; element: "He's a good newsman, and he has that extra dimension” ( William S. Paley).
- n. Mathematics The least number of independent coordinates required to specify uniquely the points in a space.
- n. Mathematics The range of such a coordinate.
- n. Physics A physical property, such as mass, length, time, or a combination thereof, regarded as a fundamental measure or as one of a set of fundamental measures of a physical quantity: Velocity has the dimensions of length divided by time.
- transitive v. To cut or shape to specified dimensions.
- transitive v. To mark with specified dimensions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A single aspect of a given thing.
- n. A measure of spatial extent in a particular direction, such as height, width or breadth, or depth.
- n. A construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished.
- n. The number of independent coordinates needed to specify uniquely the location of a point in a space; also, any of such independent coordinates.
- n. The number of elements of any basis of a vector space.
- n. One of the physical properties that are regarded as fundamental measures of a physical quantity, such as mass, length and time.
- n. Any of the independent ranges of indices in a multidimensional array.
- n. An alternative universe or plane of existence.
- v. To mark, cut or shape something to specified dimensions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Measure in a single line, as length, breadth, height, thickness, or circumference; extension; measurement; -- usually, in the plural, measure in length and breadth, or in length, breadth, and thickness; extent; size
- n. Extent; reach; scope; importance.
- n. The degree of manifoldness of a quantity
- n. A literal factor, as numbered in characterizing a term. The term dimensions forms with the cardinal numbers a phrase equivalent to degree with the ordinal; thus, a2b2c is a term of five dimensions, or of the fifth degree.
- n. The manifoldness with which the fundamental units of time, length, and mass are involved in determining the units of other physical quantities.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To measure the dimensions of; proportion.
- n. Magnitude measured along a diameter; the measure through a body or closed figure along one of its principal axes; length, breadth, or thickness.
- n. Hence A mode of linear magnitude involved (generally along with others) in the quantity to which it belongs.
- n. Bulk; size; extent or capacity: commonly in the plural: as, the question is assuming great dimensions.
- n. That which has extension; matter; especially, the human body and its organs: so often in the plural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
- n. one of three Cartesian coordinates that determine a position in space
- n. magnitude or extent
- v. indicate the dimensions on
- v. shape or form to required dimensions
- n. the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
But because human minds and societies can improve things over time, and compound that improvement in virtuous circles, the future in this dimension is a gain.
The primary dimension is the basic issue of the role of the government in the economy, in modern terms liberal-moderate-conservative.
"The ecclesial, communional, hierarchical and doctrinal dimension is absolutely indispensable for any authentic mission, and this alone guarantees its spiritual effectiveness", he said.
It would just mean that one dimension is redundant.
The use of telegraph wires and train tracks, cattle cars etc to suggest shifts in distance and dimension is particularly skillful.
In any cases I honesty thing the aesthetic dimension is a great motivator.
They are microscopic in dimension - about the width of a human hair - and can be made in a range of sizes to view different-sized objects.
Nevertheless, the marketing imperative “means that the progressive and ethical dimension is all too often undermined by the perceived need to sanitize content”, as John Gray (2002) points out.
The third basically unknown dimension is how hard Secretary of State Colin Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage labored to ameliorate the GITMO situation from almost dayone.
As it turns out, just a few meters from this lab, in the fifth dimension, is the bottom of the Marianas Trench.