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ˈdɪm ərdim·mer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dimmernoun

    a rheostat that varies the current through an electric light in order to control the level of illumination


  1. dimmernoun

    A rheostat that is used to vary the intensity of a domestic electric light

  2. dimmernoun

    A switch used to select between the low and high headlamp beam on a road vehicle. (usually as "dimmer switch", primarily in North America; elsewhere "dipswitch" or "dipper switch")


  1. Dimmer

    Dimmers are devices used to vary the brightness of a light. By decreasing or increasing the RMS voltage and, hence, the mean power to the lamp, it is possible to vary the intensity of the light output. Although variable-voltage devices are used for various purposes, the term dimmer is generally reserved for those intended to control light output from resistive incandescent, halogen, and compact fluorescent lights and light-emitting diodes. More specialized equipment is needed to dim fluorescent, mercury vapor, solid state and other arc lighting. Dimmers range in size from small units the size of a light switch used for domestic lighting to high power units used in large theatre or architectural lighting installations. Small domestic dimmers are generally directly controlled, although remote control systems are available. Modern professional dimmers are generally controlled by a digital control system like DMX or DALI. In newer systems, these protocols are often used in conjunction with ethernet. In the professional lighting industry, changes in intensity are called “fades” and can be “fade up” or “fade down”. Dimmers with direct manual control had a limit on the speed they could be varied at but this issue has been largely eliminated with modern digital units.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Dimmer

    An adjustable choking coil used for regulating the intensity of electric incandescent lights. Some operate by the introduction and withdrawal of an iron core as described for the choking coil (see Coil, Choking), others by a damper of copper, often a copper ring surrounding the coil and which by moving on or off the coil changes the potential of the secondary circuit.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dimmer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dimmer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dimmer in a Sentence

  1. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:

    He should be sitting with us tonight. Sadly, he is not. This is an infinitely dimmer room because of it.

  2. Stephen Innes:

    A very cautious open this morning supported by a better than expected (non-farm payrolls), traders remain incredibly cautious about the dimmer global economic overhang.

  3. California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom:

    There is no light switch here, it's more like a dimmer, i know you want the timeline, but we can't get ahead of ourselves and dream of regretting. Let's not make the mistake of pulling the plug too early, as much as we want to.

  4. The FAO:

    Half of the forecast cut reflected dimmer expectations about maize crops in India and Ukraine, mostly due to adverse weather.

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