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# dimension

## Definitions

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

• noun A measure of spatial extent, especially width, height, or length.
• noun Extent or magnitude; scope.
• noun Aspect; element.
• noun The least number of independent coordinates required to specify uniquely the points in a space.
• noun The range of such a coordinate.
• noun Physics A physical property, such as mass, length, time, or a combination thereof, regarded as a fundamental measure or as one of a set of fundamental measures of a physical quantity.
• transitive verb To cut or shape to specified dimensions.
• transitive verb To mark with specified dimensions.

### from The Century Dictionary.

• To measure the dimensions of; proportion.
• noun Magnitude measured along a diameter; the measure through a body or closed figure along one of its principal axes; length, breadth, or thickness.
• noun Hence A mode of linear magnitude involved (generally along with others) in the quantity to which it belongs.
• noun Bulk; size; extent or capacity: commonly in the plural: as, the question is assuming great dimensions.
• noun That which has extension; matter; especially, the human body and its organs: so often in the plural.

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

• noun Measure in a single line, as length, breadth, height, thickness, or circumference; extension; measurement; -- usually, in the plural, measure in length and breadth, or in length, breadth, and thickness; extent; size
• noun extension that has length but no breadth or thickness; a straight or curved line.
• noun extension which has length and breadth, but no thickness; a plane or curved surface.
• noun extension which has length, breadth, and thickness; a solid.
• noun as imaginary kind of extension, which is assumed to have length, breadth, thickness, and also a fourth imaginary dimension. Space of five or six, or more dimensions is also sometimes assumed in mathematics.
• noun Extent; reach; scope; importance.
• noun (Math.) The degree of manifoldness of a quantity
• noun (Alg.) A literal factor, as numbered in characterizing a term. The term dimensions forms with the cardinal numbers a phrase equivalent to degree with the ordinal; thus, a2b2c is a term of five dimensions, or of the fifth degree.
• noun (Phys.) The manifoldness with which the fundamental units of time, length, and mass are involved in determining the units of other physical quantities.
• noun (Carp.) lumber for building, etc., cut to the sizes usually in demand, or to special sizes as ordered.
• noun stone delivered from the quarry rough, but brought to such sizes as are requisite for cutting to dimensions given.

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

• noun A single aspect of a given thing.
• noun A measure of spatial extent in a particular direction, such as height, width or breadth, or depth.
• noun A construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished.
• noun geometry The number of independent coordinates needed to specify uniquely the location of a point in a space; also, any of such independent coordinates.
• noun linear algebra The number of elements of any basis of a vector space.
• noun physics One of the physical properties that are regarded as fundamental measures of a physical quantity, such as mass, length and time.
• noun computing Any of the independent ranges of indices in a multidimensional array.
• noun science fiction, fantasy An alternative universe or plane of existence.
• verb transitive To mark, cut or shape something to specified dimensions.

• noun a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
• noun one of three Cartesian coordinates that determine a position in space
• noun magnitude or extent
• verb indicate the dimensions on
• verb shape or form to required dimensions
• noun the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)

## Etymologies

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English dimensioun, from Latin dīmēnsiō, dīmēnsiōn-, extent, from dīmēnsus, past participle of dīmētīrī, to measure out : dī-, dis-, dis- + mētīrī, to measure; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

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

From Latin dimensio, dimensionis.

## Examples

• But because human minds and societies can improve things over time, and compound that improvement in virtuous circles, the future in this dimension is a gain.

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• The use of telegraph wires and train tracks, cattle cars etc to suggest shifts in distance and dimension is particularly skillful.

• Nevertheless, the marketing imperative “means that the progressive and ethical dimension is all too often undermined by the perceived need to sanitize content”, as John Gray (2002) points out.

• The third basically unknown dimension is how hard Secretary of State Colin Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage labored to ameliorate the GITMO situation from almost dayone.

• Nevertheless, the marketing imperative “means that the progressive and ethical dimension is all too often undermined by the perceived need to sanitize content”, as John Gray (2002) points out.

• It would just mean that one dimension is redundant.

• The primary dimension is the basic issue of the role of the government in the economy, in modern terms liberal-moderate-conservative.

• In any cases I honesty thing the aesthetic dimension is a great motivator.

• "The ecclesial, communional, hierarchical and doctrinal dimension is absolutely indispensable for any authentic mission, and this alone guarantees its spiritual effectiveness", he said.

• They are microscopic in dimension - about the width of a human hair - and can be made in a range of sizes to view different-sized objects.

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