Definitions of dim

  1. 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"
  2. make dim by comparison or conceal
  3. become vague or indistinct; " The distinction between the two theories blurred"
  4. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; " a boring evening with uninteresting people"; " the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; " a dull play"; " his competent but dull performance"; " a ho- hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; " what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; " tedious days on the train"; " the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; " other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
  5. become or make darker; " The screen darkend"; " He darkened the colors by adding brown"
  6. lacking in light; not bright or harsh; " a dim light beside the bed"; " subdued lights and soft music"
  7. made dim or less bright; " the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"; " dimmed headlights"; " we like dimmed lights when we have dinner"
  8. 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"
  9. make dim or lusterless; " Time had dimmed the silver"
  10. become dim or lusterless; " the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"
  11. switch ( a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
  12. Not bright or distinct; wanting luminousness or clearness; obscure in luster or sound; dusky; darkish; obscure; indistinct; overcast; tarnished.
  13. 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.
  14. To deprive of distinct vision; to hinder from seeing clearly, either by dazzling or clouding the eyes; to darken the senses or understanding of.
  15. To grow dim.
  16. Somewhat dark; hazy; obscure; faint; tarnished; ill- defined.
  17. To render obscure or less distinct; cloud; tarnish; dull.
  18. To become indistinct; fade.
  19. Dimly.
  20. Dimness.
  21. Dimmed.
  22. Dimming.
  23. Not bright or distinct: obscure: mysterious: not seeing clearly.
  24. To make dark: to obscure:- pr. p. dimming; pa. p. dimmed'.
  25. Not bright or clear; obscure; mysterious.
  26. To render or grow dim; tarnish; fade.
  27. Obscure; indistinct; shadowy; misty.
  28. Not seeing clearly; purblind; obtuse.
  29. Not seeing clearly; not clearly seen; obscure; somewhat dark; dull of apprehension; having its lustre obscured.
  30. To cloud; to obscure; to render dull; to make less bright; to tarnish or sully.
  31. Of obscure vision; not seeing clearly; hence, dull of apprehension; of weak perception; obtuse.
  32. Obscure; imperfectly seen or discovered; somewhat dark; tarnished; faint; vague.
  33. To cloud or obscure; to make less bright; to sully or tarnish.

Usage examples for dim

  1. It makes the letters dim Before mine eyes. – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. Cornelius drew me to that dim light, and gazed at me silently. – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  3. It was pleasant after that to talk with him in dim corners at people's houses. – The Gay Cockade by Temple Bailey
  4. By the dim light of the lantern swung from its great iron post the man recognized Monsieur de Beaufort and ran forward. – Calvert of Strathore by Carter Goodloe
  5. He died, he died, I speak the truth, Though light love leave his memory dim, He was the Lover of my Youth And all my youth went down with him. – India's Love Lyrics by Adela Florence Cory Nicolson (AKA Laurence Hope), et al.
  6. In a dim sort of way Nello understood. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  7. When they stumbled to their feet and got the water out of their eyes the dim dawn was in the room. – An Isle in the Water by Katharine Tynan
  8. A dim figure rose with a start from a chair. – At Sunwich Port, Complete by W.W. Jacobs
  9. And I saw my way though the fields were growing dim, and when I found it I went downstairs and through the witch's parlour, and out of doors and came that night to the palace of Singanee. – Tales of Three Hemispheres by Lord Dunsany
  10. She opened her door, and glanced along the dim corridor, with which she was familiar. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  11. Lucy smiled, but her eyes grew dim. – Thankful Rest by Annie S. Swan
  12. Garvin looked up at the long dim line of Westmore. – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  13. It was small and dim. – Two Prisoners by Thomas Nelson Page
  14. Bradley looked toward the dim form of old Welborne through the darkness. – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  15. Then Martin got up and stared all round him at the wide landscape, and everything looked strange and dim and sorrowful. – A Little Boy Lost by W. H. Hudson
  16. A puzzled look came into Mrs. Frog's eyes, and a dim remembrance flashed across her brain. – The Sun's Babies by Edith Howes
  17. In a dim way she was glad to see that the girls were going. – Lifted Masks Stories by Susan Glaspell
  18. The room grew dim again. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  19. The light was too dim for her so see his face, but she knew that he was smiling as he made reply. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  20. You fool, they simply grew dim when they got to this door. – Ronicky Doone by Max Brand