- v switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
- v become dim or lusterless
the lights dimmed and the curtain rose
- v make dim or lusterless
Time had dimmed the silver
- v make dim by comparison or conceal
- v become vague or indistinct
- s lacking in light; not bright or harsh
a dim light beside the bed
- s lacking clarity or distinctness
a dim figure in the distance
- a made dim or less bright
the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation
we like dimmed lights when we have dinner
- s offering little or no hope
took a dim view of things
- s slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
never met anyone quite so dim
- The LECs illuminate surfaces evenly but can also be programmed to dim, fade or flash on contact.
- Green remains a dim figure for many Americans.
- Those not in the mood for dim sum can seat themselves at a sushi counter run by one of Singapore's best Japanese restaurants, Tatsuya.
- Oprah Winfrey in Washington Post
I wanted to give this opportunity to girls who had a light so bright that not even poverty could dim that light,Winfrey said at a news conference.
- President Bush in TIME
I disagree with this assessment that, you know, that people view America in a dim light,Bush said.
- Tim Pawlenty in Houston Chronicle
It's a disguised way to raise the income tax to buy down the property taxes without any reform also in the system, so we would take a dim view of that proposal,Pawlenty said at a news conference Monday morning.