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VERB (5)

1. switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam;
[syn: dim, dip]

2. become dim or lusterless;
- Example: "the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"

3. make dim or lusterless;
- Example: "Time had dimmed the silver"

4. make dim by comparison or conceal;
[syn: blind, dim]

5. become vague or indistinct;
- Example: "The distinction between the two theories blurred"
[syn: blur, dim, slur]


ADJECTIVE (5)

1. lacking in light; not bright or harsh;
- Example: "a dim light beside the bed"
- Example: "subdued lights and soft music"
[syn: dim, subdued]

2. lacking clarity or distinctness;
- Example: "a dim figure in the distance"
- Example: "only a faint recollection"
- Example: "shadowy figures in the gloom"
- Example: "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"
- Example: "a few wispy memories of childhood"
[syn: dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy]

3. made dim or less bright;
- Example: "the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"
- Example: "dimmed headlights"
- Example: "we like dimmed lights when we have dinner"
[syn: dimmed, dim]

4. offering little or no hope;
- Example: "the future looked black"
- Example: "prospects were bleak"
- Example: "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge
- Example: "took a dim view of things"
[syn: black, bleak, dim]

5. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity;
- Example: "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"
- Example: "never met anyone quite so dim"
- Example: "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray
- Example: "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"
- Example: "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"
- Example: "worked with the slow students"
[syn: dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dim \Dim\, a. [Compar. Dimmer; superl. Dimmest.] [AS. dim; akin to OFries. dim, Icel. dimmr: cf. MHG. timmer, timber; of uncertain origin.] 1. Not bright or distinct; wanting luminousness or clearness; obscure in luster or sound; dusky; darkish; obscure; indistinct; overcast; tarnished. [1913 Webster] The dim magnificence of poetry. --Whewell. [1913 Webster] How is the gold become dim! --Lam. iv. 1. [1913 Webster] I never saw The heavens so dim by day. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Three sleepless nights I passed in sounding on, Through words and things, a dim and perilous way. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. Of obscure vision; not seeing clearly; hence, dull of apprehension; of weak perception; obtuse. [1913 Webster] Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow. --Job xvii. 7. [1913 Webster] The understanding is dim. --Rogers. [1913 Webster] Note: Obvious compounds: dim-eyed; dim-sighted, etc. Syn: Obscure; dusky; dark; mysterious; imperfect; dull; sullied; tarnished. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dim \Dim\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dimmed; p. pr. & vb. n. Dimming.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] A king among his courtiers, who dims all his attendants. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Now set the sun, and twilight dimmed the ways. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. To deprive of distinct vision; to hinder from seeing clearly, either by dazzling or clouding the eyes; to darken the senses or understanding of. [1913 Webster] Her starry eyes were dimmed with streaming tears. --C. Pitt. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dim \Dim\, v. i. To grow dim. --J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

dim adj 1: lacking in light; not bright or harsh; "a dim light beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music" [syn: dim, subdued] 2: lacking clarity or distinctness; "a dim figure in the distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood" [syn: dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy] 3: made dim or less bright; "the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"; "dimmed headlights"; "we like dimmed lights when we have dinner" [syn: dimmed, dim] [ant: bright, undimmed] 4: offering little or no hope; "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things" [syn: black, bleak, dim] 5: slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students" [syn: dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow] v 1: switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam [syn: dim, dip] 2: become dim or lusterless; "the lights dimmed and the curtain rose" 3: make dim or lusterless; "Time had dimmed the silver" 4: make dim by comparison or conceal [syn: blind, dim] 5: become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two theories blurred" [syn: blur, dim, slur] [ant: focalise, focalize, focus]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

252 Moby Thesaurus words for "dim": achromatic, achromatize, achromic, amorphous, anemic, ashen, ashy, banausic, bandage, barely audible, becloud, bedarken, bedazzle, bedim, befog, begloom, benight, black, black out, blacken, blah, blanch, bleach, blear, blear-eyed, bleared, bleary, bleary-eyed, bled white, blind, blind the eyes, blindfold, block the light, bloodless, blot out, blunt, blunt-witted, blur, blurred, blurry, brown, cadaverous, caliginous, cast a shadow, chloranemic, clear as mud, cloud, cloud over, cloudy, colorless, confused, dark, dark-colored, darken, darken over, darkish, darkle, darksome, daze, dazzle, dead, deadly pale, deathly pale, decolor, decolorize, decrescendo, defocus, deprive of sight, dim out, dim-eyed, dim-sighted, dim-witted, dimmed, dimmish, dimpsy, dingy, discolor, discolored, distant, dopey, drain, drain of color, dreary, dull, dull of mind, dull-headed, dull-pated, dull-sighted, dull-witted, dusk, dusky, eclipse, encloud, encompass with shadow, etiolate, etiolated, excecate, exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, fade, faded, faint, faint-voiced, fallow, fat-witted, feeble, feeble-eyed, film, filmy, filmy-eyed, flat, fog, foggy, fume, fuzzy, gentle, ghastly, glare, gloam, gloom, gloomy, gouge, gravel-blind, gray, gross-headed, grow dark, grow dim, haggard, half-blind, half-heard, half-seen, half-visible, haze, hazy, heavy, hebetudinous, hoodwink, hueless, humdrum, hypochromic, ill-defined, inconspicuous, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, indistinguishable, lackluster, leaden, livid, lose resolution, low, low-profile, lower, lurid, lusterless, make blind, mat, mealy, merely glimpsed, mist, misty, mole-eyed, monotone, monotonous, muddy, murk, murksome, murky, murmured, muted, nebulous, neutral, obfuscate, obnubilate, obscure, obtuse, obumbrate, occult, occultate, opaque, out of focus, overcast, overcloud, overshadow, pale, pale as death, pale-faced, pallid, pasty, pedestrian, peroxide, pianissimo, piano, poky, purblind, sallow, sand-blind, scarcely heard, semidark, semivisible, shade, shadow, shadowy, shapeless, sickly, slow, slow-witted, sluggish, snow-blind, soft, soft-sounding, soft-voiced, soften, somber, stodgy, strike blind, subaudible, subdued, subfusc, tallow-faced, tarnish, tenebrous, thick-brained, thick-headed, thick-pated, thick-witted, thickskulled, tone down, toneless, transcendent, uncertain, unclear, uncolored, undefined, undetermined, unilluminated, unplain, unrecognizable, vague, wan, wash out, washed-out, waxen, weak, weak-eyed, weak-voiced, whey-faced, whispered, white, whiten, wooden
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

DIM statement DIM (From "dimension") A keyword in most versions of the BASIC programming language that declares the size of an array. E.g. DIM A(100) declares a one-dimensional array with 101 numeric elements (including A(0)). Visual Basic uses the DIM (or "Dim") statement for any variable declaration, even scalars, e.g. Dim DepartmentNumber As Integer which declares a single (scalar) variable of type Integer. (1999-03-26)