Magnitude Definition

măgnĭ-to͝od, -tyo͝od
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Size or measurable quantity.
The magnitude of a velocity.
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Loudness (of sound)
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Importance or influence.
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A number representing the apparent brightness of a celestial body: originally a number in a scale of values 1-6 and applied only to objects (excluding the sun and moon) visible to the naked eye, with the brightest stars at c. 1.5 (1 is the first magnitude) and stars at c. 6 (sixth magnitude) being barely visible, the scale now includes the sun (at −26.7) and moon (c. −12.7 when full) as well as the faintest objects visible telescopically (c. 36): each increase of one magnitude represents an increase of 2.512 times the brightness.
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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Magnitude

  • of the first magnitude

Origin of Magnitude

  • Middle English from Old French size from Latin magnitūdō greatness, size from magnus great meg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin magnitÅ«dō (“greatness, size"); magni- +"Ž -itude

    From Wiktionary

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