magnitude magnitude  /ˈmæɡ nə ˌtud/


  1. (n) the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)
  2. (n) 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
  3. (n) relative importance


  1. The activity relaxed in magnitude early this week but then flexed upward again to top 3.
  2. A tsunami swept into Pago Pago in American Samoa shortly after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.
  3. Academics who study them argue that they meet a basic human need: to have the magnitude of any given effect be balanced by the magnitude of the cause behind it.


  1. Magnitude-5.7 quake shakes central Chile

    A magnitude-5.7 earthquake shook central Chile on Wednesday, causing buildings to sway in the capital but apparently causing no major damage.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Fox News

  2. Magnitude 5.7 quake hits central Chile, no damage reported

    SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit the central Chilean region of Valparaiso at 5:30 p.m. (1730 ET) on Wednesday, causing buildings to sway in the nearby capital of Santiago but no reports of damage. The quake struck 68 miles north-northeast of Santiago at a depth of 62 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It hit close to the border with Argentina's Mendoza region. Chile's ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Magnitude-3.1 Earthquake Rattles Inland Empire

    REDLANDS, Calif. (KTLA) — A magnitude-3.1 earthquake struck in San Bernardino County Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was centered three miles south of Redlands when it hit just around 12:10 p.m. The shaking was reportedly felt …
    on June 20, 2013     Source: KTLA-TV Los Angeles


  1. "It would be a mistake to allow a decision of this magnitude to be made by one individual or a small group of elected officials," she said.
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Linda Lingle Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "Legislation of such magnitude deserves the scrutiny that it's received over the last month, and it will receive more in the days to come," Obama said. "But we can't afford to make perfect the enemy of the absolutely necessary. The scale and...
    on Jan 8, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Newsday

  3. "Dr. Rodeo believes Plaxico would be out at least four to six weeks with the gunshot wound," Reese said in a statement. "I had two conversations with Plaxico today, and it was obvious that he understood the magnitude of this situation. He...
    on Dec 2, 2008 By: Jerry Reese Source: New York Times

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