American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To make or become dim.
- n. A parking light on a motor vehicle.
- n. A low beam.
- n. Archaic Dusk.
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.
- 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. transitive To make something less bright.
- v. intransitive To become darker.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- v. To grow dim.
- 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
- Old English dimm. Compare Icelandic dimmur ("dark") and dimma ("darkness"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I finally got over to the archives at the Lowell Cultural Center and spent a few hours sitting in dim light trying to read 100 year old scribbles.”
“Night vision declines as well; therefore, trying to read labels in dim lighting may lead to errors.”
“Frankly, even with glasses that correct my once-perfect vision back to theoretically perfect vision, I have trouble reading fine print in dim light.”
“Here in dim and desperate forms, under the ban of our base culture, stormed at by silly magistrates, sneered at by silly schoolmasters -- here is the old popular literature still popular; here is the unmistakable voluminousness, the thousand-and-one tales of Dick Deadshot, like the thousand-and-one tales of Robin Hood.”
“The raised back-lit keys of the physical QWERTY keyboard, which included three programmable shortcuts, were well spaced and easy to find in dim light.”
“Those numbers are light blue colored, they are nearly invisible to me in dim light.”
“If this be denied him, then must he have acted wholly by instinct -- which would seem more marvellous on the face of it than if, in dim ways, he had performed a vague thought-process.”
“Pretty much everything suprises John McCain; McCain's light bulb, which was always pretty dim, is dimming even more rapidly.”
“My next stop was the clothing retailer that happened to be closest to where I parked at the mall, where I bought black slacks that could sort of match the suit jacket from a distance in dim lighting, and dress shirts.”
“Everything he saw was in dim monochrome, suggesting it was either really early or he was really tired.”
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