American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make dim.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make dim; obscure or darken; becloud.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make dim; to obscure or darken.
- v. make obscure or unclear
- v. make darker and difficult to perceive by sight
- From be- + dim. (Wiktionary)
“Often, when all was dry, the heavens cloudless, and I was parched by thirst, a slight cloud would bedim the sky, shed the few drops that revived me, and vanish.”
“English sentiment began to bedim Gallic eyes, and so what we know as the Louis XVI style was born.”
“Dirt, one would fancy, is plenty enough all over the world, being the symbolic accompaniment of the foul incrustation which began to settle over and bedim all earthly things as soon as Eve had bitten the apple; ever since which hapless epoch, her daughters have chiefly been engaged in a desperate and unavailing struggle to get rid of it.”
“Nothing was too much trouble for her to do in the way of helping us, and oftentimes tears would bedim her eyes as she looked at me and baby, who always laughed at her; perhaps thinking of her loneliness after we were gone, perhaps of the possibility of our not returning to Tankar, and even of the uncertainty of life in the far interior.”
“In other words, astral and physical darkness bedim the soul's spiritual sight, and, leaving the realms of innocence and bliss, they sink into the vortex of the great astral world.”
“Then her face flushed, and a warm cloud seemed to bedim her eyes.”
“A more obscure cause, yet not wholly to be omitted, is afforded by the undoubted fact that the exertion of the reasoning faculties tends to extinguish or bedim those mysterious instincts of skill, which, tho for the most part latent, we nevertheless possess in common with other animals.”
“It is important that the crop shall be threshed before it is rained on, as one thorough wetting will so far bedim the attractive brightness as compared with seed that has not been rained on that it will considerably discount the price that would otherwise be obtained for it.”
“This woman, invariably clad in black, extremely simple, with never a jewel, now appeared to him in all the brilliancy of her passion; no longer drawing back into the gloom, no longer seeking to bedim the lustre of her eyes, as was her wont.”
“Heard them make sad remarks, seen tears bedim their eyes,”
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