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English Dictionary: dimension by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
dimension
n
  1. the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
  2. a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing property"
    Synonym(s): property, attribute, dimension
  3. one of three Cartesian coordinates that determine a position in space
  4. magnitude or extent; "a building of vast proportions"
    Synonym(s): proportion, dimension
v
  1. indicate the dimensions on; "These techniques permit us to dimension the human heart"
  2. shape or form to required dimensions
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dimension \Di*men"sion\, n. [L. dimensio, fr. dimensus, p. p. of
      dimetiri to measure out; di- = dis- + metiri to measure: cf.
      F. dimension. See {Measure}.]
      1. Measure in a single line, as length, breadth, height,
            thickness, or circumference; extension; measurement; --
            usually, in the plural, measure in length and breadth, or
            in length, breadth, and thickness; extent; size; as, the
            dimensions of a room, or of a ship; the dimensions of a
            farm, of a kingdom.
  
                     Gentlemen of more than ordinary dimensions. --W.
                                                                              Irving.
  
      {Space of dimension}, extension that has length but no
            breadth or thickness; a straight or curved line.
  
      {Space of two dimensions}, extension which has length and
            breadth, but no thickness; a plane or curved surface.
  
      {Space of three dimensions}, extension which has length,
            breadth, and thickness; a solid.
  
      {Space of four dimensions}, as imaginary kind of extension,
            which is assumed to have length, breadth, thickness, and
            also a fourth imaginary dimension. Space of five or six,
            or more dimensions is also sometimes assumed in
            mathematics.
  
      2. Extent; reach; scope; importance; as, a project of large
            dimensions.
  
      3. (Math.) The degree of manifoldness of a quantity; as, time
            is quantity having one dimension; volume has three
            dimensions, relative to extension.
  
      4. (Alg.) A literal factor, as numbered in characterizing a
            term. The term dimensions forms with the cardinal numbers
            a phrase equivalent to degree with the ordinal; thus,
            a^{2}b^{2}c is a term of five dimensions, or of the fifth
            degree.
  
      5. pl. (Phys.) The manifoldness with which the fundamental
            units of time, length, and mass are involved in
            determining the units of other physical quantities.
  
      Note: Thus, since the unit of velocity varies directly as the
               unit of length and inversely as the unit of time, the
               dimensions of velocity are said to be length [divby]
               time; the dimensions of work are mass [times]
               (length)^{2} [divby] (time)^{2}; the dimensions of
               density are mass [divby] (length)^{3}.
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