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DIM, a. [See Damp.]

1. Not seeing clearly; having the vision obscured and indistinct.

When Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim. Genesis 27.

2. Not clearly seen; obscure; imperfectly seen or discovered; as a dim prospect.

3. Somewhat dark; dusky; not luminous; as a dim shade.

4. Dull of apprehension; having obscure conceptions.

The understanding is dim.

5. Having its luster obscured; sullied; tarnished.

How is the gold become dim? Lamentations 4.

DIM, v.t.

1. To cloud; to impair the powers of vision; as, to dim the eyes.

2. To obscure; as, to dim the sight; to dim the prospect.

3. To render dull the powers of conception.

4. To make less bright; to obscure.

Each passion dimmed his face.

5. To render less bright; to tarnish or sully; as, to dim gold.



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DIM, a. [See Damp.]

1. Not seeing clearly; having the vision obscured and indistinct.

When Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim. Genesis 27.

2. Not clearly seen; obscure; imperfectly seen or discovered; as a dim prospect.

3. Somewhat dark; dusky; not luminous; as a dim shade.

4. Dull of apprehension; having obscure conceptions.

The understanding is dim.

5. Having its luster obscured; sullied; tarnished.

How is the gold become dim? Lamentations 4.

DIM, v.t.

1. To cloud; to impair the powers of vision; as, to dim the eyes.

2. To obscure; as, to dim the sight; to dim the prospect.

3. To render dull the powers of conception.

4. To make less bright; to obscure.

Each passion dimmed his face.

5. To render less bright; to tarnish or sully; as, to dim gold.

DIM, a. [Sax. dim; Dan. dum, dark, obscure, dim and dumb; dummer, to dim; dummes, to grow dim or dull, to stupefy, Eng. dumps, dumpish; Sw. dimba, fog, mist, a cloud; Ir. deimhe, darkness; Russ. tuman, fog; temnei, dark, obscure; Sans. tama, black, Finn. tumma. It seems to be allied to damp, vapor, Russ. dim or deim. See Damp. If dim and dumb are of the same family, the sense is close, thick.]

  1. Not seeing clearly; having the vision obscured and indistinct. When Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim. – Gen. xxvii.
  2. Not clearly seen; obscure; imperfectly seen or discovered; as, a dim prospect.
  3. Somewhat dark; dusky; not luminous; as, a dim shade. – Spenser.
  4. Dull of apprehension; having obscure conceptions. The understanding is dim. – Rogers.
  5. Having its luster obscured; sullied; tarnished. How is the gold became dim! – Lam. iv.

DIM, v.t.

  1. To cloud; to impair the powers of vision; as, to dim the eyes.
  2. To obscure; as, to dim the sight; to dim the prospect.
  3. To render dull the powers of conception.
  4. To make less bright; to obscure. Each passion dimmed his face. – Milton.
  5. To render less bright; to tarnish or sully; as to dim gold.

Dim
  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. 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.

  3. To grow dim.

    J. C. Shairp.
  4. 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.

    * Obvious compounds: dim-eyed; dim-sighted, etc.

    Syn. -- Obscure; dusky; dark; mysterious; imperfect; dull; sullied; tarnished.

  5. 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.

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Dim

DIM, adjective [See Damp.]

1. Not seeing clearly; having the vision obscured and indistinct.

When Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim Genesis 27:1.

2. Not clearly seen; obscure; imperfectly seen or discovered; as a dim prospect.

3. Somewhat dark; dusky; not luminous; as a dim shade.

4. Dull of apprehension; having obscure conceptions.

The understanding is dim

5. Having its luster obscured; sullied; tarnished.

How is the gold become dim? Lamentations 4:1.

DIM, verb transitive

1. To cloud; to impair the powers of vision; as, to dim the eyes.

2. To obscure; as, to dim the sight; to dim the prospect.

3. To render dull the powers of conception.

4. To make less bright; to obscure.

Each passion dimmed his face.

5. To render less bright; to tarnish or sully; as, to dim gold.

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