1 lacking in light; not bright or harsh; "a dim light beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music" [syn: subdued]
2 lacking clarity or distinctness; "a dim figure in the distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood" [syn: faint, shadowy, vague, wispy]
3 made dim or less bright; "the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"; "dimmed headlights"; "we like dimmed lights when we have dinner" [syn: dimmed] [ant: undimmed]
4 offering little or no hope; "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things" [syn: black, bleak]
5 slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students" [syn: dense, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow]
1 switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam [syn: dip]
2 become or make darker; "The screen darkend"; "He darkened the colors by adding brown" [syn: darken] [ant: brighten]
3 become dim or lusterless; "the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"
4 make dim or lusterless; "Time had dimmed the silver"
5 make dim by comparison or conceal [syn: blind]
6 become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two theories blurred" [syn: blur, slur] [ant: focus] [also: dimming, dimmed, dimmest, dimmer]dimming See dim
- present participle of dim