adjective (dimmer, dimmest)
- 1(Of a light, colour, or illuminated object) not shining brightly or clearly: the dim glow of the fireMore example sentences
- Her big dark emerald green eyes shone brightly in the dim light.
- The dim rays of light were shining through, just like before.
- The lighting that is currently in place is extremely poor, with only six lights providing dim illumination inside the subway.
- 1.1(Of an object or shape) made difficult to see by darkness, shade, or distance: a dim figure in the dark kitchenMore example sentences
- Then she began to make out dim shapes that in a few moments revealed themselves to be crates, tackle, ropes, barrels, and hooks.
- Then, turning back towards the dim shapes across the stream, ‘It's like that joke about looking into a nudist camp,’ he said.
- Eventually the ship's throbbing cut out, and they could see the dim shapes of launches being lowered over the sides.
- 1.2(Of a room or other space) made difficult to see in by darkness: long dim corridorsMore example sentences
- Frescoes of demons and spirits writhe across the walls of its prayer halls, and the drone of absorbed monks fills dim rooms and corridors.
- About half of the 20 young women are otherwise engaged in the Champagne Room, a dim, closet-size space that holds half a dozen couples.
- I was pleasantly surprised to discover a clamorous, dim room filled with networked computers available dirt-cheap.
- 1.3(Of the eyes) unable to see clearly: his eyes became dimMore example sentences
- ‘My eyes are dim, I cannot see, I have not brought my specs with me, I have not brought my specs with me’.
- Her chestnut eyes were dim with sleepiness as they came in contact with his live blue ones.
- When she stood back up, the blood rushed around her brain and made her eyes go dim for a moment.
- 1.4(Of a sound) indistinct or muffled: the dim drone of their voicesMore example sentences
- My thinking was interrupted by dim sounds off in the distance.
- It was a dim sound, and was clearly growing steadier by the second.
- He pushed his focus toward the dim echoes of the water.
- 1.5Not clearly recalled or formulated in the mind: dim memories the matter was in the dim and distant pastMore example sentences
- I have in mind a dim memory of the Commissioner trying to grapple with this kind or problem.
- I can also vaguely recall occasionally going to a club called Catacombs, but since I was off my face on snakebite and black, my memories are dim and distant.
- Those days, however, must seem a dim and distant memory.
- 2(Of a situation) not giving cause for hope or optimism: their prospects for the future looked fairly dimMore example sentences
- Once they leave, future prospects are extremely dim.
- The Minister painted a human figure in black surrounded by red with a dash of yellow on the top giving it a cheerful outlook in otherwise dim circumstances.
- But our chronically weak dollar is a clear sign that the global investment community thinks our economic prospects are dim.
- 3 • informal Stupid or slow to understand: you’re just incredibly dimMore example sentences
- No less worrisome, therefore, is the fact that the networks that own so many of these stations are too dim to understand this fact.
- It was generally accepted that he either wanted a nuclear war or was too dim to understand the consequences.
- I try convincing a couple of girls driving in to back out and go back in again, but they are too dim to understand.
verb (dims, dimming, dimmed)Back to top
- 1Make or become less bright or distinct: [with object]: a smoky inferno that dimmed the sun [no object]: the lights dimmed and the curtains partedMore example sentences
- The bright lights dimmed, the piano's final note died down, and it was over.
- As the star got larger and larger and almost unbearably bright, the light started to dim, fading away behind them.
- When you come through the front door the lights have dimmed, the curtains closed and music is playing to welcome you home.
- 1.1 [with object] Lower the beam of (a vehicle’s headlights) to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers: (as adjective dimmed) the car moved slowly, its headlights dimmedMore example sentences
- This year, it plans to introduce automatic dimming headlights.
- They didn't dim their lights; hardly any driver that passed by dimmed his lights.
- Its headlights dimmed down, shutting off, and the driver guided the vehicle ahead.
- 1.2Make or become less intense: [with object]: the difficulty in sleeping couldn’t dim her happinessMore example sentences
- Conversely, after the Chinese intervention, support declined, based on dimming prospects for gains beyond the status quo.
- You've allowed the passage of time to dim the intensity of the moment and your rational faculty to devalue what is no longer integral to your life.
- The impact of a year of low-intensity warfare on public opinion on both sides of the divide has further dimmed the prospects for peace.
- 1.3Make or become less able to see clearly: [no object]: his eyes dimmedMore example sentences
- His sight was dimming and his hearing had nearly disappeared.
- Jonathon's sight was dimming; it was swimming in blood and useless tears.
- If one continues to look at it, one's sight becomes dazzled and dimmed, so it is preferable to look at its image in water and avoid a direct look at it, because the intensity of its rays is thereby reduced.
take a dim view of
- Regard with disapproval.More example sentences
- If information is received and no action is taken the force would take a dim view of that.
- Residents view street cleaning as a fundamental job of their council, and will take a dim view of any further deterioration of the service.
- As a former chairman I would take a dim view of not being allowed into a dressing room.
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- I'm dimly aware that this is vaguely shameful, but I really only have one thing on my mind.
- One night, four men tumbled into the stall, dimly lit by a flickering oil lamp.
- Did my father dimly perceive this when he took us on those detours?
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- Using dimmable ballasts that listen for control signals coming through existing power wiring, light levels are controlled by a power-line-carrier system.
- Newer ones last longer, are dimmable, and have a warmer-toned light, choose one that uses an electronic ballast: It won't have the inherent hum of the old magnetic ballasts.
- In the ‘best’ example, zoning permits users to separate the lights over the table, which are dimmable, from the lights around the room's perimeter.
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- From the dimmish light of the hallway, I opened my room's door to a small entryway and admired the hardwood floors.
- Notably, you'd not want to use it dimmish light, when people are moving quickly, without flash.
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- See an eye care professional if you have any loss or dimness of vision, pain, fluid coming from the eye, double vision, redness, or swelling.
- What the dimness suggests here is the fading of one age and the approach of a new one, a cultural agon crystallized in these two men.
- We hurried a few steps down the hall, then stopped, our eyes adjusting to the dimness.
Old English dim, dimm, of Germanic origin; related to German dialect timmer.