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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
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British Dictionary definitions for dimmer-switch

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
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Word Origin and History for dimmer-switch

dimmer

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dimmer-switch

dimmer

noun

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


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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