What does dimension mean?

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dɪˈmɛn ʃən, daɪ-di·men·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dimensionnoun

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

  2. property, attribute, dimensionnoun

    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

    "self-confidence is not an endearing property"

  3. dimensionnoun

    one of three Cartesian coordinates that determine a position in space

  4. proportion, dimensionverb

    magnitude or extent

    "a building of vast proportions"

  5. dimensionverb

    indicate the dimensions on

    "These techniques permit us to dimension the human heart"

  6. dimensionverb

    shape or form to required dimensions


  1. dimensionnoun

    A single aspect of a given thing.

  2. dimensionnoun

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

  3. dimensionnoun

    A construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished.

  4. dimensionnoun

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

  5. dimensionnoun

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

  6. dimensionnoun

    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.

  7. dimensionnoun

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

  8. dimensionnoun

    An alternative universe or plane of existence.

  9. dimensionverb

    To mark, cut or shape something to specified dimensions.

  10. Etymology: From dimensio, dimensionis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DIMENSIONnoun

    Space contained in any thing; bulk; extent; capacity. It is seldom used but in the plural. The three dimensions are length, breadth, and depth.

    Etymology: dimensio, Latin.

    He try’d
    The tomb, and found the strait dimensions wide. Dryden.

    My gentleman was measuring my walls, and taking the dimensions of the room. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Dimension

    Dimension is a song by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. Written by band members Andrew Stockdale, Chris Ross and Myles Heskett, it was produced by Dave Sardy for the group's self-titled debut album in 2005. The song was also released as the third single from the album on 17 April 2006, and as the lead track on the EP Dimensions. The song reached number 38 on the Scottish Singles Chart, number 49 on the UK Singles Chart and number 1 on the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart.


  1. dimension

    In most general terms, dimension refers to a measurable extent of some kind, such as length, width, height, or depth. It is a fundamental aspect of the physical universe. In mathematics or physics, it often refers to the number of coordinates needed to specify a point within a geometric space. In the context of other fields, like data analysis or art, it may have alternative, field-specific meanings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dimensionnoun

    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

  2. Dimensionnoun

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

  3. Dimensionnoun

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

  4. Dimensionnoun

    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

  5. Dimensionnoun

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

  6. 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  

  2. dimensionnoun

    Instructions containing two blueprints of specific kinds of men from Zion. 1.) An aspect or feature of a situation, problem, or thing. 2.) A measurable extent of some kind, such as length, breadth, depth, or height. 3.) A mode of linear extension of which there are three in space and two on a flat surface, which corresponds to one of a set of coordinates specifying the position of a point.

    Imagination is drilled with our thoughts of information that places a person to form a dimension of their own which is true or false, just as a book or movie.

    Etymology: Staging

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 11, 2024  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dimension' in Nouns Frequency: #1396

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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. Adriana Diaz:

    Fun has a sacred dimension.

  2. Chuzy:

    Nothing truly ends.It only pauses at some point,then continues in another dimension.

  3. Thomas Wolfe:

    Le Corbusier was the sort of relentlessly rational intellectual that only France loves wholeheartedly, the logician who flies higher and higher in ever-decreasing circles until, with one last, utterly inevitable induction, he disappears up his own fundamental aperture and emerges in the fourth dimension as a needle-thin umber bird.

  4. Prime Minister Antonio Costa:

    We understand the dimension of this horrible tragedy that devastated various municipalities here in Madeira, and we also know about the calamities affecting other zones of the country that now have to be addressed.

  5. Simone de Beauvoir:

    It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.

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