- 1. dimmer, rheostat, variable resistor
- usage: a rheostat that varies the current through an electric light in order to control the level of illumination
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- 1. dim, subdued, dark (vs. light)
- usage: lacking in light; not bright or harsh; "a dim light beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music"
- 2. dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy, indistinct (vs. distinct)
- usage: 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"
- 3. dimmed (vs. undimmed), dim, low-beam(prenominal)
- usage: made dim or less bright; "the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"; "dimmed headlights"; "we like dimmed lights when we have dinner"
- 4. black, bleak, dim, hopeless (vs. hopeful)
- usage: 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"
- 5. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow, stupid (vs. smart)
- usage: 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"
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