Definition of dimension noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//daɪˈmenʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈmenʃn//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈmenʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmenʃn//
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  1. 1a measurement in space, for example the height, width or length of something We measured the dimensions of the kitchen. computer design tools that work in three dimensions see also fourth dimension
  2. 2[usually plural] the size and extent of a situation a problem of considerable dimensions
  3. 3an aspect, or way of looking at or thinking about something Her job added a new dimension to her life. the social dimension of unemployment
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in sense (1)): via Old French from Latin dimensio(n-), from dimetiri ‘measure out’. Sense (2) dates from the 1920s.Extra examples Communication via the Internet gives an important international dimension to the project. Despite the unit’s compact dimensions, there’s still plenty of room for expansion. Her illness adds an extra dimension to the problem. In looking at population ageing we will consider two distinct dimensions. It is important to measure the exact dimensions of the room. The affair had a different dimension now. The crisis acquired a new dimension. The fourth dimension, time, is also finite in extent. There is a wider dimension to the question. This gives an important international dimension to the project. a model in three dimensions a structure of considerable dimensions the spiritual dimension to our lives The images can be viewed in three dimensions using these special glasses. The rectangles are arranged with their longer dimension running from top to bottom. We should also consider the social dimension of unemployment.
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