# Definition of dimension in English:

## dimension

Pronunciation: /dɪˈmɛnʃ(ə)n/ /dʌɪˈmɛnʃ(ə)n/

## noun

1 (usually dimensions) A measurable extent of a particular kind, such as length, breadth, depth, or height: the final dimensions of the pond were 14 ft x 8 ft [mass noun]: the drawing must be precise in dimension
More example sentences
• The dim, candlelit interior contrives to make them shift in dimension and depth; new nooks appear wherever you look, some of them illusions created by subtle mirrors.
• Entries will be strictly limited to a maximum of 600 mm in their greatest dimension i.e. length, breadth or height.
• As the final dimensions measure a mere 1.2 x 0.7 x 0.2 metres, two of these cases could be transported easily in the back of a car.
Synonyms
proportions, measurements, extent, size;
length, width, breadth, depth, area, volume, capacity;
footage, acreage
1.1A mode of linear extension of which there are three in space and two on a flat surface, which corresponds to one of a set of coordinates specifying the position of a point.
Example sentences
• String theory holds that different modes of vibration reveal themselves in our measly four dimensions of space and time as different particles and forces.
• This analogy has a problem, however, in that one tends to be aware that the two-dimensional surface is embedded in the three dimensions of our ordinary space.
• You score points by assessing the position of your knights on the castles, multiplying a knight's vertical position by the spatial dimensions of the structure.
1.2 Physics An expression for a derived physical quantity in terms of fundamental quantities such as mass, length, or time, raised to the appropriate power (acceleration, for example, having the dimension of length × time−2).
Example sentences
• Explicit formulas in terms of dimensions of the figures can be deduced from these theorems.
• Outlines may be captured as rectangular coordinates or Fourier coefficients and, even when non-fractal, analysed in terms of fractal dimensions.
• Divide as above and voila, you have your fractal dimension.
2An aspect or feature of a situation: we must focus on the cultural dimensions of the problem
More example sentences
• We also seem this winter to be treating patients with more complex conditions requiring greater time in hospital, thereby adding a new dimension to the situation we normally face.
• Therefore the organization of the exhibition during Ramadhan will add a cultural dimension to this holy month.
• Those humour-laced lines join to give a new dimension to contemporary situations and personalities.
Synonyms
aspect, feature, element, facet, side

## verb

[with object]
1Cut or shape (something) to particular measurements.
Example sentences
• The deviator block was dimensioned at 1200 mm but scaled 1500 mm.
• The shortest possible braking distances are guaranteed by the generously dimensioned AMG high-performance braking system behind the AMG light-alloy wheels, which features internally ventilated and indented brake discs all-round.
• To eliminate waste, he dimensioned the house to accept stock framing pieces and chose materials such as sustainably harvested mahogany for the siding, synthetic-slate roofs, recycled flora tires, and real stucco.
1.1 (usually as adjective dimensioned) Mark (a diagram) with measurements.
Example sentences
• Existing utilities and foundations may not be exactly where expected nor properly dimensioned on old drawings.
• Shop drawings for the stone were completed and dimensioned accurately and rapidly.
• Never layout or cut stringers until you have it all worked out on paper by drawing a dimensioned, section view of the stairs.

## Derivatives

#### dimensionless

Pronunciation: /dɪˈmɛnʃ(ə)nləs/
Example sentences
• So I count eleven parameters - really only ten, since only dimensionless ratios of mass scales matter - each of which needs to be specified to three significant digits or fewer.
• We have learned to see photographs, not so much as substantive objects, but as flat, dimensionless, even transparent windows that give view to other places and times.
• In string theory the known elementary particles are no longer described as dimensionless mathematical point-objects but rather as extended one-dimensional objects (hence the name ‘string’).

## Origin

Late Middle English : via Old French from Latin dimensio(n-), from dimetiri 'measure out'. sense 2 of the noun dates from the 1920s.

## Words that rhyme with dimension

abstention, apprehension, ascension, attention, circumvention, comprehension, condescension, contention, contravention, convention, declension, detention, dissension, extension, gentian, hypertension, hypotension, intention, intervention, invention, mention, misapprehension, obtention, pension, prehension, prevention, recension, retention, subvention, supervention, suspension, tension

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