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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dim  \Dim\,  v.  i. 
  To  grow  dim.  --J.  C.  Shairp 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dim  \Dim\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dimmed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Dimming}.] 
  1.  To  render  dim,  obscure,  or  dark;  to  make  less  bright  or 
  distinct;  to  take  away  the  luster  of  to  darken;  to  dull; 
  to  obscure;  to  eclipse. 
 
  A  king  among  his  courtiers,  who  dims  all  his 
  attendants.  --Dryden. 
 
  Now  set  the  sun,  and  twilight  dimmed  the  ways. 
  --Cowper. 
 
  2.  To  deprive  of  distinct  vision;  to  hinder  from  seeing 
  clearly,  either  by  dazzling  or  clouding  the  eyes;  to 
  darken  the  senses  or  understanding  of 
 
  Her  starry  eyes  were  dimmed  with  streaming  tears. 
  --C.  Pitt. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dim  \Dim\,  a.  [Compar.  {Dimmer};  superl.  {Dimmest}.]  [AS.  dim; 
  akin  to  OFries  dim,  Icel.  dimmr:  cf  MHG.  timmer,  timber;  of 
  uncertain  origin.] 
  1.  Not  bright  or  distinct;  wanting  luminousness  or  clearness; 
  obscure  in  luster  or  sound;  dusky;  darkish;  obscure; 
  indistinct;  overcast;  tarnished. 
 
  The  dim  magnificence  of  poetry.  --Whewell. 
 
  How  is  the  gold  become  dim!  --Lam.  iv  1. 
 
  I  never  saw  The  heavens  so  dim  by  day  --Shak. 
 
  Three  sleepless  nights  I  passed  in  sounding  on 
  Through  words  and  things  a  dim  and  perilous  way 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  2.  Of  obscure  vision;  not  seeing  clearly;  hence  dull  of 
  apprehension;  of  weak  perception;  obtuse. 
 
  Mine  eye  also  is  dim  by  reason  of  sorrow.  --Job 
  xvii.  7. 
 
  The  understanding  is  dim.  --Rogers. 
 
  Note:  Obvious  compounds:  dim-eyed;  dim-sighted,  etc 
 
  Syn:  Obscure;  dusky;  dark;  mysterious;  imperfect;  dull; 
  sullied;  tarnished. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dim 
  adj  1:  lacking  in  light;  not  bright  or  harsh;  "a  dim  light  beside 
  the  bed";  "subdued  lights  and  soft  music"  [syn:  {subdued}] 
  2:  lacking  clarity  or  distinctness;  "a  dim  figure  in  the 
  distance";  "only  a  faint  recollection";  "shadowy  figures 
  in  the  gloom";  "saw  a  vague  outline  of  a  building  through 
  the  fog";  "a  few  wispy  memories  of  childhood"  [syn:  {faint}, 
  {shadowy},  {vague},  {wispy}] 
  3:  made  dim  or  less  bright;  "the  dimmed  houselights  brought  a 
  hush  of  anticipation";  "dimmed  headlights";  "we  like 
  dimmed  lights  when  we  have  dinner"  [syn:  {dimmed}]  [ant:  {undimmed}] 
  4:  offering  little  or  no  hope;  "the  future  looked  black"; 
  "prospects  were  bleak";  "Life  in  the  Aran  Islands  has 
  always  been  bleak  and  difficult"-  J.M.Synge;  "took  a  dim 
  view  of  things"  [syn:  {black},  {bleak}] 
  5:  slow  to  learn  or  understand;  lacking  intellectual  acuity; 
  "so  dense  he  never  understands  anything  I  say  to  him"; 
  "never  met  anyone  quite  so  dim";  "although  dull  at 
  classical  learning,  at  mathematics  he  was  uncommonly 
  quick"-  Thackeray;  "dumb  officials  make  some  really  dumb 
  decisions";  "he  was  either  normally  stupid  or  being 
  deliberately  obtuse";  "worked  with  the  slow  students" 
  [syn:  {dense},  {dull},  {dumb},  {obtuse},  {slow}] 
  v  1:  switch  a  car's  headlights  from  a  higher  to  a  lower  beam 
  [syn:  {dip}] 
  2:  become  or  make  darker;  "The  screen  darkend";  "He  darkened 
  the  colors  by  adding  brown"  [syn:  {darken}]  [ant:  {brighten}] 
  3:  become  dim  or  lusterless;  "dim  the  lights" 
  4:  make  dim  or  lusterless;  "Time  had  dimmed  the  silver" 
  5:  make  dim  by  comparison  or  conceal  [syn:  {blind}] 
  6:  become  vague  or  indistinct;  "The  distinction  between  the  two 
  theories  blurred"  [syn:  {blur},  {slur}]  [ant:  {focus}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  DIM 
 
  {DIM  statement} 
 
 




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