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Meaning & Definition of Magnitude in English

English

Magnitude

/mægnətud/

noun

1. The property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)

  • "They tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"
  • "About the magnitude of a small pea"
    synonym:
  • magnitude

2. A number assigned to the ratio of two quantities

  • Two quantities are of the same order of magnitude if one is less than 10 times as large as the other
  • The number of magnitudes that the quantities differ is specified to within a power of 10
    synonym:
  • order of magnitude
  • ,
  • magnitude

3. Relative importance

  • "A problem of the first magnitude"
    synonym:
  • magnitude

Examples of using

This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
I've never seen a pearl of such magnitude!