dimension

A dimension is the measurement of something in physical space. You might give the painters every dimension of the rooms you want painted, including depth, height, and width.

In addition to physical objects, dimension can describe something less tangible, such as the magnitude or extent of something. You might be shocked by the dimension of damage from the explosion down the street. Dimension can also be a feature of something, such as an experience, situation, flavor, or thing. Painting your bedroom purple will add a mystical dimension to your dwelling, especially if you add unicorn accents.

Definitions of dimension
  1. noun
    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
    synonyms: attribute, property
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    character, lineament, quality
    a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
    characteristic, feature
    a prominent attribute or aspect of something
    feature, feature of speech
    (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
    sex character, sex characteristic, sexual characteristic
    those characteristics (both anatomical and psychological) that are strongly associated with one sex relative to the other
    texture
    the essential quality of something
    invariant
    a feature (quantity or property or function) that remains unchanged when a particular transformation is applied to it
    aspect, facet
    a distinct feature or element in a problem
    attracter, attraction, attractive feature, attractor, magnet
    a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts
    badge
    any feature that is regarded as a sign of status (a particular power or quality or rank)
    centerpiece, centrepiece
    the central or most important feature
    contour
    a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure
    excellence, excellency
    an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels
    external
    outward features
    distinctive feature, distinguishing characteristic, peculiarity
    an odd or unusual characteristic
    safety feature
    feature of an artifact that is added to insure a user's safety
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    concept, conception, construct
    an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
  2. noun
    magnitude or extent
    synonyms: proportion
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    magnitude
    the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)
  3. noun
    the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
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    thickness
    the dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width
    slenderness, tenuity, thinness
    relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width
    length
    the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place
    breadth, width
    the extent of something from side to side
    height, tallness
    the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top
    third dimension
    the dimension whereby a solid object differs from a two-dimensional drawing of it
    fourth dimension, time
    the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event
    circumference
    the length of the closed curve of a circle
    diam, diameter
    the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference
    r, radius
    the length of a line segment between the center and circumference of a circle or sphere
    gauge
    the thickness of wire
    longness
    the property of being of long spatial extent
    shortness
    the property of being of short spatial extent
    broadness, wideness
    the property of being wide; having great width
    beam
    (nautical) breadth amidships
    narrowness
    the property of being narrow; having little width
    highness, loftiness
    the quality of being high or lofty
    lowness
    the quality of being low; lacking height
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    magnitude
    the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)
  4. noun
    one of three Cartesian coordinates that determine a position in space
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    Cartesian coordinate
    one of the coordinates in a system of coordinates that locates a point on a plane or in space by its distance from two lines or three planes respectively; the two lines or the intersections of the three planes are the coordinate axes
  5. verb
    indicate the dimensions on
    “These techniques permit us to dimension the human heart”
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    mark
    designate as if by a mark
  6. verb
    shape or form to required dimensions
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    form, shape
    give shape or form to
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