What does magnitude mean?

Definitions for magnitudeˈmæg nɪˌtud, -ˌtyud

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word magnitude.

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"


  1. Magnitude(n.)

    (Astron.) See magnitude of a star, below.

  2. Magnitude(n.)

    (Opt.), the angular breadth of an object viewed as measured by the angle which it subtends at the eye of the observer; -- called also apparent diameter. 2. (Astron.) Same as magnitude of a star, below. -- Magnitude of a star (Astron.), the rank of a star with respect to brightness. About twenty very bright stars are said to be of first magnitude, the stars of the sixth magnitude being just visible to the naked eye; called also visual magnitude, apparent magnitude, and simply magnitude. Stars observable only in the telescope are classified down to below the twelfth magnitude. The difference in actual brightness between magnitudes is now specified as a factor of 2.512, i.e. the difference in brightness is 100 for stars differing by five magnitudes.

  3. Origin: [L. magnitudo, from magnus great. See Master, and cf. Maxim.]


  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

  6. Origin: [L. magnitudo, from magnus great. See Master, and cf. Maxim.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Magnitude

    mag′ni-tūd, n. greatness: size: extent: importance. [L. magnitudomagnus.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of magnitude in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of magnitude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chandan Kumar:

    The scale and magnitude of the problem is massive.

  2. Brian King:

    We need to accelerate the magnitude of the decline.

  3. Pam Factor-Litvak:

    We are a little surprised at the magnitude of the IQ drop.

  4. David Peterson:

    There’s nothing to prevent the magnitude of these events.

  5. Andrea Heintz:

    It was really scary, you didn’t realize the magnitude of it.

Images & Illustrations of magnitude

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Translations for magnitude

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • حجمArabic
  • велічыня́Belarusian
  • магнитудBulgarian
  • norma, magnitudSpanish
  • ulatus, tähesuurus, magnituud, tähtsus, suurusEstonian
  • laajuus, pituus, magnitudi, merkitys, suuruus, suuruusluokka, koko, kirkkausaste, voimakkuusFinnish
  • grandeur, ampleur, magnitudeFrench
  • meudachdScottish Gaelic
  • परिमाणHindi
  • մեծություն, ուժգնություն, չափArmenian
  • magnitudo, vastità, magnitudineItalian
  • 大きい, マグニチュード, 等級Japanese
  • grootteDutch
  • wielkość gwiazdowa, wielkość, magnitudaPolish
  • magnitude, grandezaPortuguese
  • mărime stelară, mărime, cantitate, magnitudineRomanian
  • мощность, размер, величина, магнитудаRussian
  • magnitud, längd, skenbar magnitud, norm, storlekSwedish
  • бузургӣTajik
  • şiddet, büyüklük, kadirTurkish
  • величина́, величинаUkrainian

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