dimmer dimmer  /ˈdɪ mər/


  1. (v) switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
  2. (v) become dim or lusterless
  3. (v) make dim or lusterless
  4. (v) make dim by comparison or conceal
  5. (v) become vague or indistinct
  6. (adj) lacking in light; not bright or harsh
  7. (adj) lacking clarity or distinctness
  8. (adj) made dim or less bright
  9. (adj) offering little or no hope
  10. (adj) slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
  11. (n) a rheostat that varies the current through an electric light in order to control the level of illumination



  1. Not a day goes by without one of them hogging airtime on a TV variety show, hawking breast-enhancing vitamins in commercials or eclipsing dimmer stars on the gossip pages.
  2. But, in fact, they were dimmeras if the expansion was speeding up.
  3. Partly that's because they generally take a dimmer view of human nature than do their counterparts on the left.


  1. Why Immigration Reform Might Not Happen

    The chances of immigration reform are getting dimmer, say some analysts.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: CNBC

  2. Titan's Haze

    Haze in the air means that is not clear and that it is dimmer as a result. Light is blocked. Welcome to Titan whose haze would make the worst day in an earth city clear as a bell. Scientists working with data from NASA's Cassini mission have confirmed the presence of a population of complex hydrocarbons in the upper atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, that later evolve into the ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Environmental News Network

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  1. "Both teams want to feel like they are still in the race. We are right now but after Saturday one team's hopes will be a lot dimmer," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.
    on Oct 4, 2007 By: Mark Richt Source: SportingNews.com

  2. "Even as Americans' job prospects grow dimmer, their savings evaporate and their budgets tighten, Washington Democrats seem more determined than ever to continue pursuing tax hikes and pork-barrel spending increases," House Republican Leader...
    on Mar 6, 2009 By: John Boehner Source: Boston Globe

  3. "The state is paring its expenses and looking for savings," Rell said in a written statement. "With tax revenues slipping below projections and the national outlook growing dimmer, we have to make sensible cost-cutting moves."
    on May 6, 2008 By: Jodi Rell Source: Hartford Courant

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