Definitions for magnitudeˈmæg nɪˌtud, -ˌtyud

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mag•ni•tudeˈmæg nɪˌtud, -ˌtyud(n.)

  1. size; extent; dimensions.

  2. great importance or consequence:

    affairs of magnitude.

  3. greatness of size or amount.

  4. the brightness of a celestial body as expressed on a logarithmic scale where an increase of 1 equals a reduction in brightness by a factor of 2.512, the sixth magnitude being the dimmest observable with the naked eye.

    Category: Astronomy

    Ref: absolute magnitude .

  5. a number characteristic of a quantity and forming a basis for comparison with similar quantities, as length.

Idioms for magnitude:

  1. of the first magnitude,of greatest significance.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of magnitude:

1350–1400; ME < L magnitūdō, der., with -tūdō -tude , of magnus large, great meg-

Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnitude(noun)

    the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)

    "they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"; "about the magnitude of a small pea"

  2. order of magnitude, magnitude(noun)

    a number assigned to the ratio of two quantities; two quantities are of the same order of magnitude if one is less than 10 times as large as the other; the number of magnitudes that the quantities differ is specified to within a power of 10

  3. magnitude(noun)

    relative importance

    "a problem of the first magnitude"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. magnitude(noun)ˈmæg nɪˌtud, -ˌtyud

    the importance or seriousness of sth

    They were beginning to understand the magnitude of the epidemic.


  1. magnitude(Noun)

    The absolute or relative size, extent or importance of something.

  2. magnitude(Noun)

    A number, assigned to something, such that it may be compared to others numerically

  3. magnitude(Noun)

    Of a vector, the norm, most commonly, the two-norm.

  4. magnitude(Noun)

    The apparent brightness of a star (on a negative, logarithmic scale); apparent magnitude

  5. magnitude(Noun)

    A measure of the energy released by an earthquake (e.g. on the Richter scale).

  6. Origin: From magnitudo;

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnitude(noun)

    extent of dimensions; size; -- applied to things that have length, breath, and thickness

  2. Magnitude(noun)

    that which has one or more of the three dimensions, length, breadth, and thickness

  3. Magnitude(noun)

    anything of which greater or less can be predicated, as time, weight, force, and the like

  4. Magnitude(noun)

    greatness; grandeur

  5. Magnitude(noun)

    greatness, in reference to influence or effect; importance; as, an affair of magnitude


  1. Magnitude

    In mathematics, magnitude is the size of a mathematical object, a property by which the object can be compared as larger or smaller than other objects of the same kind. More formally, an object's magnitude is an ordering of the class of objects to which it belongs.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'magnitude' in Nouns Frequency: #3000

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a decision of great magnitude.

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