Dim

Definition of Dim

a.1.Not bright or distinct; wanting luminousness or clearness; obscure in luster or sound; dusky; darkish; obscure; indistinct; overcast; tarnished.
The dim magnificence of poetry.
- Whewell.
How is the gold become dim!
- Lam. iv. 1.
I never saw
The heavens so dim by day.
- Shak.
Three sleepless nights I passed in sounding on,
Through words and things, a dim and perilous way.
- Wordsworth.
2.Of obscure vision; not seeing clearly; hence, dull of apprehension; of weak perception; obtuse.
Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow.
- Job xvii. 7.
The understanding is dim.
- Rogers.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Dimmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dimming.]
A king among his courtiers, who dims all his attendants.
- Dryden.
Now set the sun, and twilight dimmed the ways.
- Cowper.
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.
Her starry eyes were dimmed with streaming tears.
- C. Pitt.
v. i.1.To grow dim.

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