Vaccination works more like a light with a dimmer than an on-off switch, said Slifka.
Make sure you choose a dimmer manufacturer who provides readily-accessible information on compatible lamps and dimmers.
But the hopes of arriving anywhere else have never been dimmer.
The time wore slowly on; the dusk became dimmer and dimmer, until it nearly bordered on total darkness.
Scarcely could we see the light; dimmer and dimmer it grew; then we looked—it had disappeared!
The light faded, and grew dimmer and dimmer, and the stars came out.
The breath of his emphasis blew, as her eyes showed, on the girl's dimmer fire.
It was dim against the night sky, and the garden was dimmer still.
Seals are used to swimming under water where light is dimmer.
The headlight was hors de combat; only the "dimmer" would work.
1822, agent noun from dim (v.). Of mechanisms for reducing the brightness of electric lights, from 1905.
Old English dimm "dark, gloomy, obscure," from Proto-Germanic *dimbaz (cf. Old Norse dimmr, Old Frisian dim, Old High German timber "dark, black, somber"). Not known outside Germanic. Slang sense of "stupid" is from 1892. Related: Dimly; dimness.
c.1200, perhaps in Old English, from dim (adj.). Related: Dimmed; dimming.
[1910+; fr dime, perhaps influenced by deaner, earlier British tramps' term for ''shilling'']
(also dimbo, dimmo) A dime; deemer: Neither of us can make a thin dimmer (1910+)
Stupid; uncomprehending: Anybody who pays to watch these teams has to be considered just a bit dim (1892+)