magnitude

[Mag┬Ěni*tude]

Earthquakes have great magnitude in that they are powerful. Their power is rated by their level of magnitude, or how much energy they release relative to other earthquakes.

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Extent of dimensions; size; -- applied to things that have length, breath, and thickness.

Noun
the property of relative size or extent; "they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"

Noun
relative importance; "a problem of the first magnitude"

Noun
a number assigned to the ratio of two quantities; two quantities are of the same order of magnitude if one is less than 10 times as large as the other; the number of magnitudes that the quantities differ is specified to within a power of 10


n.
Extent of dimensions; size; -- applied to things that have length, breath, and thickness.

n.
That which has one or more of the three dimensions, length, breadth, and thickness.

n.
Anything of which greater or less can be predicated, as time, weight, force, and the like.

n.
Greatness; grandeur.

n.
Greatness, in reference to influence or effect; importance; as, an affair of magnitude.


Magnitude

Mag"ni*tude , n. [L. magnitudo, from magnus great. See Master, and cf. Maxim.] 1. Extent of dimensions; size; -- applied to things that have length, breath, and thickness.
Conceive those particles of bodies to be so disposed amongst themselves, that the intervals of empty spaces between them may be equal in magnitude to them all.
2. (Geom.) That which has one or more of the three dimensions, length, breadth, and thickness. 3. Anything of which greater or less can be predicated, as time, weight, force, and the like. 4. Greatness; grandeur. "With plain, heroic magnitude of mind." Milton. 5. Greatness, in reference to influence or effect; importance; as, an affair of magnitude.
The magnitude of his designs.
Apparent magnitude (Opt.), the angular breadth of an object viewed as measured by the angle which it subtends at the eye of the observer; -- called also apparent diameter. -- Magnitude of a star (Astron.), the rank of a star with respect to brightness. About twenty very bright stars are said to be of first magnitude, the stars of the sixth magnitude being just visible to the naked eye. Telescopic stars are classified down to the twelfth magnitude or lower. The scale of the magnitudes is quite arbitrary, but by means of photometers, the classification has been made to tenths of a magnitude.

Extent of dimensions; size; -- applied to things that have length, breath, and thickness.

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Usage Examples

We live in an age where anonymity is growing in magnitude like a bomb going off.

For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us.

Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.

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Other Usage Examples

Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.

Whence it follows that God is absolutely perfect, since perfection is nothing but magnitude of positive reality, in the strict sense, setting aside the limits or bounds in things which are limited.

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