Noun: magnitude 'mag-ni,t(y)ood- 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" - 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 - Relative importance
"a problem of the first magnitude" - (astronomy) the brightness of a star or other object, measured on a logarithmic scale where smaller numbers represent brighter objects; a difference of 5 magnitudes corresponds to a factor of 100 in intensity
Derived forms: magnitudes See also: measurable, mensurable Type of: importance, property, ratio Encyclopedia: Magnitude |