from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking in brightness: a dim room.
- adj. Emitting only a small amount of light; faint: a dim lightbulb.
- adj. Lacking luster; dull and subdued.
- adj. Faintly outlined; indistinct: a dim figure in the distance.
- adj. Obscure to the mind or the senses: a dim recollection of the accident.
- adj. Lacking sharpness or clarity of understanding or perception. See Synonyms at dark.
- adj. Lacking keenness or vigor.
- adj. Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving: took a dim view of their prospects.
- adj. Slang Dull; dimwitted.
- transitive v. To make or become dim.
- n. A parking light on a motor vehicle.
- n. A low beam.
- n. Archaic Dusk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not bright or colorful.
- adj. Not smart or intelligent.
- adj. Indistinct, hazy or unclear.
- adj. Disapproving, unfavorable: rarely used outside the phrase take a dim view of.
- v. To make something less bright.
- v. To become darker.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not bright or distinct; wanting luminousness or clearness; obscure in luster or sound; dusky; darkish; obscure; indistinct; overcast; tarnished.
- adj. Of obscure vision; not seeing clearly; hence, dull of apprehension; of weak perception; obtuse.
- transitive v. To render dim, obscure, or dark; to make less bright or distinct; to take away the luster of; to darken; to dull; to obscure; to eclipse.
- transitive v. To deprive of distinct vision; to hinder from seeing clearly, either by dazzling or clouding the eyes; to darken the senses or understanding of.
- intransitive v. To grow dim.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Faintly luminous; somewhat obscure from lack of light or luminosity; dark; obscure; shadowy.
- Not clearly seen; indistinct; obscured by some intervening medium imperfectly transparent, as mist or haze; misty; hazy; hence, figuratively, not clearly apprehended; faint; vague: as, a dim prospect; a dim recollection.
- Dull in luster; lusterless; tarnished.
- Not seeing clearly; having the vision obscured and indistinct, as the eye.
- Not clearly apprehending; dull of apprehension.
- =Syn.2. Indistinct, ill-defined, indefinite, shadowy, confused, mysterious, imperfect.
- n. The dark; darkness; night.
- To make dim, faint, or obscure; render less bright, clear, or distinct; becloud; obscure; tarnish; sully: as, to dim the eye; to dim the vision; to dim the prospect; to dim gold.
- To become dim, faint, or obscure; fade.
- An abbreviation of diminuendo.
- n. An abbreviation of diminutive
- n. of the Latin dimidius, one half.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become dim or lusterless
- v. make dim or lusterless
- adj. made dim or less bright
- adj. lacking in light; not bright or harsh
- v. become vague or indistinct
- adj. lacking clarity or distinctness
- adj. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
- v. make dim by comparison or conceal
- adj. offering little or no hope
- v. switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
Middle English, from Old English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English dimm. Compare Icelandic dimmur ("dark") and dimma ("darkness"). (Wiktionary)