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dimmer

[dim-er] /ˈdɪm ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that dims.
2.
Also called dimmer switch. a rheostat or similar device by which the intensity of an electric light may be varied.
3.
dimmers.
  1. the low-beam headlights of an automobile or truck.
  2. the small, parking lights of an automobile.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; dim + -er1

dim

[dim] /dɪm/
adjective, dimmer, dimmest.
1.
not bright; obscure from lack of light or emitted light:
a dim room; a dim flashlight.
2.
not seen clearly or in detail; indistinct:
a dim object in the distance.
3.
not clear to the mind; vague:
a dim idea.
4.
not brilliant; dull in luster:
a dim color.
5.
not clear or distinct to the senses; faint:
a dim sound.
6.
not seeing clearly:
eyes dim with tears.
7.
tending to be unfavorable; not likely to happen, succeed, be favorable, etc.:
a dim chance of winning.
8.
not understanding clearly.
9.
rather stupid; dim-witted.
verb (used with object), dimmed, dimming.
10.
to make dim or dimmer.
11.
to switch (the headlights of a vehicle) from the high to the low beam.
verb (used without object), dimmed, dimming.
12.
to become or grow dim or dimmer.
Verb phrases
13.
dim out, (in wartime) to reduce the night illumination of (a city, ship, etc.) to make it less visible from the air or sea, as a protection from enemy aircraft or ships.
Idioms
14.
take a dim view of, to regard with disapproval, skepticism, or dismay:
Her mother takes a dim view of her choice of friends.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English, Old English dim(me), cognate with Old Frisian dim, Old Norse dimmr
Related forms
dimly, adverb
dimmable, adjective
dimness, noun
undim, adjective
undimly, adverb
undimmed, adjective
Synonyms
1. See dark. 3. unclear, faint, indefinite, indistinct, fuzzy, hazy. 10. darken, cloud. 12. dull, fade.
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Examples from the web for dimmer
  • Our scientists regularly slip from the bright familiar world to the dimmer one awaiting discovery beneath the waves.
  • My income has been reduced by two-thirds and my prospects are dimmer than they were previously.
  • But he still reported the students' activity to campus police, who took a dimmer view of the situation.
  • No sense prolonging the agony and making their future prospects even dimmer.
  • They seem to cater to the dimmest of undergrads and high school students, and hire even dimmer ones for staff.
  • Also, the mirror would deteriorate over time, growing dirtier and dimmer.
  • Up until now, your only choices were to buy three-way lamps or to install dimmer switches.
  • But the floor lights, while not overpowering, could have benefited from a dimmer switch.
  • However, the screen is dimmer than the rest, and the industrial design disappoints.
  • In fact, it was in a small city neighborhood that did cut down on viewing dimmer objects.
British Dictionary definitions for dimmer

dimmer

/ˈdɪmə/
noun
1.
a device, such as a rheostat, for varying the current through an electric light and thus changing the illumination
2.
(often pl) (US)
  1. a dipped headlight on a road vehicle
  2. a parking light on a car

dim

/dɪm/
adjective dimmer, dimmest
1.
badly illuminated: a dim room
2.
not clearly seen; indistinct; faint: a dim shape
3.
having weak or indistinct vision: eyes dim with tears
4.
lacking in understanding; mentally dull
5.
not clear in the mind; obscure: a dim memory
6.
lacking in brilliance, brightness, or lustre: a dim colour
7.
tending to be unfavourable; gloomy or disapproving (esp in the phrase take a dim view)
verb dims, dimming, dimmed
8.
to become or cause to become dim
9.
(transitive) to cause to seem less bright, as by comparison
10.
(US & Canadian) (transitive) to switch (car headlights) from the main to the lower beam Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) dip
Derived Forms
dimly, adverb
dimness, noun
Word Origin
Old English dimm; related to Old Norse dimmr gloomy, dark
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Word Origin and History for dimmer
n.

1822, agent noun from dim (v.). Of mechanisms for reducing the brightness of electric lights, from 1905.

dim

adj.

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.

v.

c.1200, perhaps in Old English, from dim (adj.). Related: Dimmed; dimming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dimmer

deemer

noun
  1. A dime
  2. A niggardly tip
  3. A person who gives an insufficient tip; cheapskate
  4. Ten

[1910+; fr dime, perhaps influenced by deaner, earlier British tramps' term for ''shilling'']


dimmer

noun

(also dimbo, dimmo) A dime; deemer: Neither of us can make a thin dimmer (1910+)


dim

adjective

Stupid; uncomprehending: Anybody who pays to watch these teams has to be considered just a bit dim (1892+)


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Idioms and Phrases with dimmer

dim

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