What does magnitude mean?

Definitions for magnitude
ˈmæg nɪˌtud, -ˌtyudmag·ni·tude

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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.

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

  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.

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


  1. magnitude(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From magnitudo;

  2. magnitude(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From magnitudo;

  3. magnitude(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From magnitudo;

  4. magnitude(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From magnitudo;

  5. magnitude(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From magnitudo;

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnitude(noun)

    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. Magnitude(noun)

    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. Magnitude(noun)

    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. Magnitude(noun)

    greatness; grandeur

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

  5. Magnitude(noun)

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. magnitude

    A measure of energy.

    The magnitude of the change is amazing, we can see unity everywhere.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  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. Charles Caleb Colton:

    The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the American Revolution, from which little was expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much was expected, produced little.

  2. Lisanne Blauw:

    We were surprised though by the magnitude of the effect size, we calculated that a 1-degree Celsius rise in environmental temperature could account for more than 100,000 new diabetes cases per year in the USA alone.

  3. Erik Venter:

    Nigeria is an anomaly. A huge potential market but very difficult to operate in, you would expect in a market of that magnitude the likes of a Comair should be climbing in there enthusiastically but we honestly don't want to touch it.

  4. Lee Hardman:

    Iran is almost certainly to respond in some scale, scope and magnitude.

  5. Alicka Ampry-Samuel:

    We as a body, for a plan of this magnitude, addressing a system of racism and mass-incarceration -- this process has been inappropriately rushed.

Images & Illustrations of magnitude

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Translations for magnitude

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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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