Synonyms for dim
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English Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote
Strictly, that which is black is absolutely destitute of color; that which is dark is absolutely destitute of light. In common speech, however, a coat is black, tho not optically colorless; the night is dark, tho the stars shine. That is obscure, shadowy, or shady from which the light is more or less cut off. Dusky is applied to objects which appear as if viewed in fading light; the word is often used, as are swart and swarthy, of the human skin when quite dark, or even verging toward black. Dim refers to imperfection of outline, from distance, darkness, mist, etc., or from some defect of vision. Opaque objects, as smoked glass, are impervious to light. Murky is said of that which is at once dark, obscure, and gloomy; as, a murky den; a murky sky. Figuratively, dark is emblematic of sadness, agreeing with somber, dismal, gloomy, also of moral evil; as, a dark deed. Of intellectual matters, dark is now rarely used in the old sense of a dark saying, etc. See MYSTERIOUS; OBSCURE.
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Princeton's WordNet2.9 / 9 votes
lacking in light; not bright or harsh
"a dim light beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music"
dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispyadjective
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"
weak, shady, dull, wraithlike, dumb, shadowed, dense, faint-hearted, timid, undefined, swooning, dimmed, black, umbrageous, vague, fainthearted, subdued, feeble, faint, lightheaded, obscure, wispy, obtuse, light, shadowy, light-headed, wisplike, bleak, slow
made dim or less bright
"the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"; "dimmed headlights"; "we like dimmed lights when we have dinner"
black, bleak, dimadjective
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"
blackened, cutting, fatal, subdued, bootleg, faint, disgraceful, slow, calamitous, dumb, dark, dense, bare, raw, black, fateful, wispy, smuggled, inglorious, desolate, pitch-dark, pitch-black, grim, mordant, stark, dull, contraband, dimmed, shameful, disastrous, smutty, shadowy, barren, ignominious, vague, bleak, black-market, opprobrious, obtuse, sinister
dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slowverb
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"
vague, ho-hum, muted, sluggish, subdued, deadening, faint, mute, slow, thudding, boring, dumb, dense, irksome, black, silent, wispy, heavy, purblind, muffled, tedious, impenetrable, dull, dimmed, speechless, shadowy, tiresome, softened, bleak, thick, wearisome, obtuse, leaden
switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
become dim or lusterless
"the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"
make dim or lusterless
"Time had dimmed the silver"
make dim by comparison or conceal
blur, dim, slurverb
become vague or indistinct
"The distinction between the two theories blurred"
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What does DIM stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the DIM acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
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Cogito ergo dim sum. (Therefore I think these are pork buns.)
The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face.
Greetings on this most exceedingly beautiful spring morning. A morning swollen with new life, a morning on which, if I had the voice, I would let loose with song. It's hard to believe just a few short weeks ago we were eating our cornflakes in the wintery dark. Now, well it's still kind of dim out there, but I can see the golden glow of Apollo's chariot waiting in the wings, about to make its entrance. Winter's on the lam, no doubt.
This life's dim windows of the soul Distorts the heavens from pole to pole And leads you to believe a lie When you see with, not through, the eye.
The decline in orders from abroad paints a dim picture.
Translations for dim
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- помътнявам, замъглен, потъмнявам, неясен, мътенBulgarian
- tmavý, mdlýCzech
- schummrig, dämmerig, dämlichGerman
- σκοτεινός, θολός, θαμπός, δυσδιάκριτος, αμυδρός, θαμπώνω, κουτός, θολώνωGreek
- tenue, tontoSpanish
- bête, indistinct, ternir, tamisé, faible, flouFrench
- homályos, fénytelen, színtelen, opálos, ködbe vesző, elmosódottHungarian
- tonto, fioca, annebbiare, indistinta, oscuro, tonta, offuscare, fioco, debole, oscura, indistinto, affievolirsi, annerire, affievolire, abbassareItalian
- ほの暗い, 薄暗いJapanese
- dimmen, dom, afblinden, schemerig, verduisteren, schemerachtig, mat, donker, vaagDutch
- dimt, dim, dimmeNorwegian
- Fraco, indistinto, escurecer, ofuscar, obtuso, sombrio, burro, opacoPortuguese
- tern, vagRomanian
- неясный, тусклый, тупой, затемнять, тускнеть, смутныйRussian
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