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 for dim
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dim \Dim\, a. [Compar. Dimmer; superl. Dimmest.] [AS. dim;
     akin to OFries. dim, Icel. dimmr: cf. MHG. timmer, timber; of
     uncertain origin.]
     1. Not bright or distinct; wanting luminousness or clearness;
        obscure in luster or sound; dusky; darkish; obscure;
        indistinct; overcast; tarnished.
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              The dim magnificence of poetry.       --Whewell.
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              How is the gold become dim!           --Lam. iv. 1.
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              I never saw
              The heavens so dim by day.            --Shak.
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              Three sleepless nights I passed in sounding on,
              Through words and things, a dim and perilous way.
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     2. Of obscure vision; not seeing clearly; hence, dull of
        apprehension; of weak perception; obtuse.
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              Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow. --Job
                                                    xvii. 7.
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              The understanding is dim.             --Rogers.
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     Note: Obvious compounds: dim-eyed; dim-sighted, etc.
     Syn: Obscure; dusky; dark; mysterious; imperfect; dull;
          sullied; tarnished.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dim \Dim\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dimmed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To render dim, obscure, or dark; to make less bright or
        distinct; to take away the luster of; to darken; to dull;
        to obscure; to eclipse.
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              A king among his courtiers, who dims all his
              attendants.                           --Dryden.
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              Now set the sun, and twilight dimmed the ways.
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     2. To deprive of distinct vision; to hinder from seeing
        clearly, either by dazzling or clouding the eyes; to
        darken the senses or understanding of.
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              Her starry eyes were dimmed with streaming tears.
                                                    --C. Pitt.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dim \Dim\, v. i.
     To grow dim. --J. C. Shairp.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: lacking in light; not bright or harsh; "a dim light
             beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music" [syn:
             dim, 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: dim,
         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, dim] [ant:
         bright, 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, dim]
      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, dim, dull, dumb,
         obtuse, slow]
      v 1: switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam
           [syn: dim, dip]
      2: become dim or lusterless; "the lights dimmed and the curtain
      3: make dim or lusterless; "Time had dimmed the silver"
      4: make dim by comparison or conceal [syn: blind, dim]
      5: become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two
         theories blurred" [syn: blur, dim, slur] [ant:
         focalise, focalize, focus]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  252 Moby Thesaurus words for "dim":
     achromatic, achromatize, achromic, amorphous, anemic, ashen, ashy,
     banausic, bandage, barely audible, becloud, bedarken, bedazzle,
     bedim, befog, begloom, benight, black, black out, blacken, blah,
     blanch, bleach, blear, blear-eyed, bleared, bleary, bleary-eyed,
     bled white, blind, blind the eyes, blindfold, block the light,
     bloodless, blot out, blunt, blunt-witted, blur, blurred, blurry,
     brown, cadaverous, caliginous, cast a shadow, chloranemic,
     clear as mud, cloud, cloud over, cloudy, colorless, confused, dark,
     dark-colored, darken, darken over, darkish, darkle, darksome, daze,
     dazzle, dead, deadly pale, deathly pale, decolor, decolorize,
     decrescendo, defocus, deprive of sight, dim out, dim-eyed,
     dim-sighted, dim-witted, dimmed, dimmish, dimpsy, dingy, discolor,
     discolored, distant, dopey, drain, drain of color, dreary, dull,
     dull of mind, dull-headed, dull-pated, dull-sighted, dull-witted,
     dusk, dusky, eclipse, encloud, encompass with shadow, etiolate,
     etiolated, excecate, exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous,
     fade, faded, faint, faint-voiced, fallow, fat-witted, feeble,
     feeble-eyed, film, filmy, filmy-eyed, flat, fog, foggy, fume,
     fuzzy, gentle, ghastly, glare, gloam, gloom, gloomy, gouge,
     gravel-blind, gray, gross-headed, grow dark, grow dim, haggard,
     half-blind, half-heard, half-seen, half-visible, haze, hazy, heavy,
     hebetudinous, hoodwink, hueless, humdrum, hypochromic, ill-defined,
     inconspicuous, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct,
     indistinguishable, lackluster, leaden, livid, lose resolution, low,
     low-profile, lower, lurid, lusterless, make blind, mat, mealy,
     merely glimpsed, mist, misty, mole-eyed, monotone, monotonous,
     muddy, murk, murksome, murky, murmured, muted, nebulous, neutral,
     obfuscate, obnubilate, obscure, obtuse, obumbrate, occult,
     occultate, opaque, out of focus, overcast, overcloud, overshadow,
     pale, pale as death, pale-faced, pallid, pasty, pedestrian,
     peroxide, pianissimo, piano, poky, purblind, sallow, sand-blind,
     scarcely heard, semidark, semivisible, shade, shadow, shadowy,
     shapeless, sickly, slow, slow-witted, sluggish, snow-blind, soft,
     soft-sounding, soft-voiced, soften, somber, stodgy, strike blind,
     subaudible, subdued, subfusc, tallow-faced, tarnish, tenebrous,
     thick-brained, thick-headed, thick-pated, thick-witted,
     thickskulled, tone down, toneless, transcendent, uncertain,
     unclear, uncolored, undefined, undetermined, unilluminated,
     unplain, unrecognizable, vague, wan, wash out, washed-out, waxen,
     weak, weak-eyed, weak-voiced, whey-faced, whispered, white, whiten,

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  DIM statement
      (From "dimension") A keyword in most versions
     of the BASIC programming language that declares the size of
     an array.  E.g.
     	DIM A(100)
     declares a one-dimensional array with 101 numeric elements
     (including A(0)).
     Visual Basic uses the DIM (or "Dim") statement for any
     variable declaration, even scalars, e.g.
     Dim DepartmentNumber As Integer
     which declares a single (scalar) variable of type Integer.

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