What is magnitude?

  • (noun): The property of relative size or extent.
    Example: "They tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "magnitude":

  • (noun): Relative importance.
    Example: "A problem of the first magnitude"
  • (noun): 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.
    Synonyms: order of magnitude

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