What does dimension mean?

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dɪˈmɛn ʃən, daɪ-di·men·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dimension(noun)

    the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)

  2. property, attribute, dimension(noun)

    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

    "self-confidence is not an endearing property"

  3. dimension(noun)

    one of three Cartesian coordinates that determine a position in space

  4. proportion, dimension(verb)

    magnitude or extent

    "a building of vast proportions"

  5. dimension(verb)

    indicate the dimensions on

    "These techniques permit us to dimension the human heart"

  6. dimension(verb)

    shape or form to required dimensions


  1. dimension(Noun)

    A single aspect of a given thing.

    Etymology: From dimensio, dimensionis.

  2. dimension(Noun)

    A measure of spatial extent in a particular direction, such as height, width or breadth, or depth.

    Etymology: From dimensio, dimensionis.

  3. dimension(Noun)

    A construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished.

    Etymology: From dimensio, dimensionis.

  4. dimension(Noun)

    The number of independent coordinates needed to specify uniquely the location of a point in a space; also, any of such independent coordinates.

    Etymology: From dimensio, dimensionis.

  5. dimension(Noun)

    The number of elements of any basis of a vector space.

    Etymology: From dimensio, dimensionis.

  6. dimension(Noun)

    One of the physical properties that are regarded as fundamental measures of a physical quantity, such as mass, length and time.

    The dimension of velocity is length divided by time.

    Etymology: From dimensio, dimensionis.

  7. dimension(Noun)

    Any of the independent ranges of indices in a multidimensional array.

    Etymology: From dimensio, dimensionis.

  8. dimension(Noun)

    An alternative universe or plane of existence.

    Etymology: From dimensio, dimensionis.

  9. dimension(Verb)

    To mark, cut or shape something to specified dimensions.

    Etymology: From dimensio, dimensionis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dimension(noun)

    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; as, the dimensions of a room, or of a ship; the dimensions of a farm, of a kingdom

    Etymology: [L. dimensio, fr. dimensus, p. p. of dimetiri to measure out; di- = dis- + metiri to measure: cf. F. dimension. See Measure.]

  2. Dimension(noun)

    extent; reach; scope; importance; as, a project of large dimensions

    Etymology: [L. dimensio, fr. dimensus, p. p. of dimetiri to measure out; di- = dis- + metiri to measure: cf. F. dimension. See Measure.]

  3. Dimension(noun)

    the degree of manifoldness of a quantity; as, time is quantity having one dimension; volume has three dimensions, relative to extension

    Etymology: [L. dimensio, fr. dimensus, p. p. of dimetiri to measure out; di- = dis- + metiri to measure: cf. F. dimension. See Measure.]

  4. Dimension(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [L. dimensio, fr. dimensus, p. p. of dimetiri to measure out; di- = dis- + metiri to measure: cf. F. dimension. See Measure.]

  5. Dimension(noun)

    the manifoldness with which the fundamental units of time, length, and mass are involved in determining the units of other physical quantities

    Etymology: [L. dimensio, fr. dimensus, p. p. of dimetiri to measure out; di- = dis- + metiri to measure: cf. F. dimension. See Measure.]


  1. Dimension

    In physics and mathematics, the dimension of a space or object is informally defined as the minimum number of coordinates needed to specify any point within it. Thus a line has a dimension of one because only one coordinate is needed to specify a point on it. A surface such as a plane or the surface of a cylinder or sphere has a dimension of two because two coordinates are needed to specify a point on it. The inside of a cube, a cylinder or a sphere is three-dimensional because three coordinates are needed to locate a point within these spaces. In physical terms, dimension refers to the constituent structure of all space and its position in time, as well as the spatial constitution of objects within—structures that correlate with both particle and field conceptions, interact according to relative properties of mass—and are fundamentally mathematical in description. These, or other axes, may be referenced to uniquely identify a point or structure in its attitude and relationship to other objects and occurrences. Physical theories that incorporate time, such as general relativity, are said to work in 4-dimensional "spacetime",. Modern theories tend to be "higher-dimensional" including quantum field and string theories. The state-space of quantum mechanics is an infinite-dimensional function space.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dimension

    di-men′shun, n. usually in pl., measure in length, breadth, and thickness (the three dimensions of space): extent: size.—adjs. Dimen′sional, concerning dimension (one-dimensional, two-dimensional, three-dimensional space = space of one, two, three dimensions); Dimen′sioned, having dimension; Dimen′sionless.—Dimension work, masonry in stones of specified size.—Fourth dimension, an additional dimension attributed to space by a hypothetical speculation. [Fr.,—L. dimensiodimetīri, dimensusdi(= dis), apart, metīri, to measure.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dimension

    A known and specific measurement of space.

    The dimension of the house they were building was important and so was the layout as they were expecting a baby.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dimension in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dimension in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of dimension in a Sentence

  1. Alvaro Jimenez:

    The exact and real dimension of the problem is not known and precise maps are needed. Information from the FARC about where the mines are located is vital but we also need more information from local communities.

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Chocolate Gemstone You are my powerful sex drug. My love tears reality into pieces and shows the true reality, where only the dimension of eternal love and eternal happiness. Wild exotic without control passion of love feelings, there is simply no place to get hotter, this reality is very hot when your hot body passes by me, because you are in excess of beautiful and lovely. Only you need me in this universe, looking at you, I begin to moan to myself from pleasure becauce you makes me so horny. It seems that you have survived hundreds and even thousands of plastic surgeries, but no, this is absolutely natural highest beauty, the goddess of men's hearts, the eternal queen of all subscribers, all my attention is only for you. When you touch me I shudder with happiness. You are my chocolate gemstone of love and sex. Charging me with an eternal source of love and horny, fascinating with its unique universal beauty, and I again and again, again and again, I thirst for sex only with you, we have a sweet, romantic melodrama. You have a very exciting chocolate skin, I would ride you on my love rocket, would take you to the endless depths of the highest cosmos of orgasms. Sex with you is the highest paradise of the highest universes of pleasure, which are strengthened only with you billions of times, my brain explodes every time you kiss me with your juicy, the sweetest lips, the soul flies out of the body and dances at this moment from happiness, my mind is completely immersed in spiritual pleasure, it is as if turned off. There is nothing more gigantic and powerful than my endless and eternal love and excitement, only you rule there. Your skin glitters like black latex seduction, VIP Queen of my sweet dreams. The kingdom of eternally fabulous romance, I give you the crown of the master of my romantic erotic fantasies. My love echoes in my future lives where I will only dream of you, my highest ideal, my idol, my sex totem for worship, I idolize your forms, your body is the highest peak of erotic aesthetics, there is no greater and higher enjoyment than to look at you on your body, nothing is more interesting than you. Looking at you, I see how the perfect girl should look like. Whatever you do with your appearance it makes you even sexier in my eyes. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  3. Kurt Straif:

    There are stakeholders on various sides that want to make it look ridiculous, there are activist groups who want to say, 'This is now an IARC carcinogen and we need to take all actions against it'. And then there is a third dimension – the media, who have their own interests in being sensational.

  4. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    It is always amazing to me how anyone who holds the faith can ask what we get out of the Mass. What we get out, is the risen Christ. What he does is explode our tiny ways and small minds to bring them into a dimension of existence that is sometimes resisted because it can be terrifying. The risen Christ is not a 'nice man'. He is certainly not the sentimentalized Jesus who never makes demands that bring us beyond our very selves and turn the world inside out.

  5. Hung Tran:

    (The Fed) will add another dimension of stress to an already difficult situation.

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