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Meaning & Definition of Magnitude in English





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"
  • 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
  • order of magnitude,
  • magnitude

3. Relative importance

  • "A problem of the first magnitude"
  • magnitude

Examples of using

Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is.
Unfortunately, three days ago a magnitude 100.100 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Japan's Tohoku region.
He realized the magnitude of his crime.