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ˈmæg nɪˌtud, -ˌtyudmag·ni·tude

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnitudenoun

    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, magnitudenoun

    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. magnitudenoun

    relative importance

    "a problem of the first magnitude"


  1. Magnitudenoun

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

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

  2. Magnitudenoun

    (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.

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


  1. magnitudenoun

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

    Etymology: From magnitudo;

  2. magnitudenoun

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

    Etymology: From magnitudo;

  3. magnitudenoun

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

    Etymology: From magnitudo;

  4. magnitudenoun

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

    Etymology: From magnitudo;

  5. magnitudenoun

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

    Etymology: From magnitudo;

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnitudenoun

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

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

  2. Magnitudenoun

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

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

  3. Magnitudenoun

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

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

  4. Magnitudenoun

    greatness; grandeur

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

  5. Magnitudenoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of magnitude in a Sentence

  1. The UCI:

    Not only did UCI leadership publicly disregard the magnitude of the problem, but the policies put in place to combat doping were inadequate.

  2. Jackie Dalton:

    People are hungry for information and need to be able to have information which can help them. We started training journalists in Nepal three years ago ... as a quake of this magnitude had been predicted, when the earthquake happened, within four hours the BBC Nepali Service was sending out information, and many of the national Nepali radio stations were doing the same.

  3. Bob Menendez:

    I remind you that the American public has a right to insist that the sales of U.S. weapons to foreign governments - especially those of this magnitude and lethality – are consistent with U.S. values and national security objectives, the Congress, as the direct representative of the American public, is charged with exercising effective oversight of such sales.

  4. Jim Baird:

    The damage caused by any recession tends to be rapid, while the healing process often takes years, the unprecedented speed and magnitude of this contraction is being followed by an exceptionally rapid restart, but one that is not surprisingly already showing clear signs of slowing. That should be expected to continue.

  5. Martin Lockley:

    The concentration of mammal tracks on this site is orders of magnitude higher than any other site in the world, i don't think I've ever seen a slab this size, which is a couple of square meters, where you have over 70 footprints of so many different types. This is the mother lode of Cretaceous mammal tracks.

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  • 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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