Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make dim.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make dim; obscure or darken; becloud.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make dim; to obscure or darken.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make dim; to obscure or darken.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make obscure or unclear
  • verb make darker and difficult to perceive by sight

Etymologies

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From be- +‎ dim.

Examples

  • 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.

    Chapter 7

  • 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.

    Chapter 24

  • 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.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • 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.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • 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.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • 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.

    Frankenstein

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • English sentiment began to bedim Gallic eyes, and so what we know as the Louis XVI style was born.

    The House in Good Taste

  • 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.

    With the Tibetans in Tent and Temple: Narrative of Four Years' Residence on the Tibetan Borders, and of a Journey into 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.

    The light of Egypt; or, The science of the soul and the stars

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  • Word or sound effect? We ought to have a list not so much of onomatopoeics but of words more abstractly beatboxable.

    January 9, 2013

  • We ought to bebrite & right (see bedim)

    January 9, 2013