# magnitude

[ˈmæɡnɪtjuːd]

## magnitude Definition

• 1the great size or importance of something
• 2a numerical value assigned to an earthquake, celestial object, or other phenomenon on a logarithmic scale

## Using magnitude: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "magnitude" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

• Example

The magnitude of the problem is difficult to overstate.

• Example

The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.5 on the Richter scale.

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## Phrases with magnitude

• ### orderofmagnitude

a difference in scale or size that is roughly tenfold

Example

The cost of the project was underestimated by an order of magnitude.

• ### magnitudeofdistance

the distance between two objects in space

Example

The magnitude of distance between Earth and Mars varies depending on their relative positions in their orbits.

• ### magnitudeofvelocity

the speed and direction of an object's motion

Example

The magnitude of velocity of the rocket was impressive as it blasted off into space.

## Origins of magnitude

from Latin 'magnitudo', meaning 'greatness'

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## Summary: magnitude in Brief

The term 'magnitude' [ˈmæɡnɪtjuːd] refers to the great size or importance of something, such as 'The magnitude of the problem is difficult to overstate.' It can also refer to a numerical value assigned to an earthquake or other phenomenon on a logarithmic scale, like 'The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.5 on the Richter scale.' Phrases like 'order of magnitude' denote a difference in scale or size that is roughly tenfold.

How do native speakers use this expression?

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