dimensional adj.

between dimensions; joining dimensions


  • [1928 K. Meadowcroft Invisible Bubble in Amazing Stories Sept. 510/2 page image Kirk Meadowcroft bibliography

    At this intensity the rays very nearly approach the magnitude of the ‘cosmic rays’ of Millikan. They are apparently harmless to life but they seem to be closely associated with the dimensional relations of matter. ]

  • 1931 C. A. Smith Beyond Singing Flame in Wonder Stories Nov. 754/1 Clark Ashton Smith

    After all, we know little or nothing of the actual nature of space; and perhaps, in some way that we cannot imagine, the infinite is doubled upon itself in places, with dimensional folds and tucks, and short-cuts whereby the distance to Algenib or Aldebaran is merely a step.

  • 1931 C. A. Smith Beyond Singing Flame in Wonder Stories Nov. 759/2 Clark Ashton Smith

    In these worlds, our brains would be attuned to the comprehension or apprehension of vaster and higher scientific laws, and states of entity beyond those of our present dimensional milieu.

  • 1933 H. P. Lovecraft Dreams in Witch-House in Weird Tales July 102/1 H. P. Lovecraft

    The hidden cults to which these witches belonged often guarded and handed down surprizing secrets from elder, forgotten eons; and it was by no means impossible that Keziah had actually mastered the art of passing through dimensional gates.

  • 1944 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Thrilling Wonder Stories Spring 59/2 Leigh Brackett bibliography

    I could remember those alien years. Dimensional walls are no barrier to thought. You lie under the X-crystals and watch them pulse from mist-gray to depthless black. Your mind is sucked out of you and projected along a tight beam of carefully planned vibration, and presently you’re in another space, another time.

  • 1946 M. W. Wellman Solar Invasion in Startling Stories Fall 17/1 Manly Wade Wellman

    The rapid classification of facts that had led to his decision about the dimensional theft of the Moon, that had amazed even his companions, was not as effortless as it had seemed—it was only that Curt Newton could and did think and decide, as Otho had said, with the rapidity of light.

  • 1947 E. Fennel Black Priestess of Varda in Planet Stories Winter 11/2

    He was quite familiar with the theory of alternate worlds—his work with bound charges had given him an inkling of other dimensions, and the fantastic idea that bound charges existed simultaneously in two or more ‘worlds’ at once, carrying their characteristic reactions across a dimensional gap had occurred to him frequently as his experiments had progressed.

  • 1963 ‘L. del Rey’ The Sky Is Falling in Two Complete Novels 11 Lester del Rey

    ‘You mean dimensional travel?’ Dave asked. He'd seen something about that on a science-fiction television program.

  • 1985 P. C. Hodgell Dark of Moon xiii. 255

    The Book had helped her to escape by ripping a hole through to the next threshold world. As far as Jame could remember, she had had to jump out the window to take advantage of that dimensional portal, or perhaps she had simply fallen through it.

  • 1986 D. Carey Battlestations! vi.94 Diane Carey

    Power waves, maybe. Dimensional tampering. Whatever it was, I hated it.

  • 1995 L. Watt-Evans In Empire of Shadow xxii. 304 Lawrence Watt-Evans

    She reached back through the…through the dimensional barrier, she took the phrase from some unguarded, unrecognized mind somewhere. She reached into Faerie.

  • 2013 M. Chan Demon Gate 23 page image Marty Chan bibliography

    Demon Watch is always on the lookout for strays. That dimensional portal doesn’t run itself.

Research requirements

antedating 1928

Earliest cite

Kirk Meadowcroft, 'The Invisible Bubble"'

Research History
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of H.P. Lovecraft's "Dreams in the Witch House"; Alistair Durie verified this in its 1933 first appearance in Weird Tales.
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of Lester del Rey's "The Sky Is Falling"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1963 first edition, and also verified that the cite does not appear in the 1954 magazine version.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1995 cite from Lawrence Watt-Evans' 1995 "In the Empire of Shadow".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1972 cite from Brian Stableford's "The Halcyon Drift".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1987 reprint of P.C. Hodgell's 1985 "Dark of the Moon".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from Marion Zimmer in a letter in Startling Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Erik Fennel's "Black Priestess of Varda".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Manly Wade Wellman's "The Solar Invasion"(This is a Captain Future story: it is possible that earlier Captain Future stories may also have cites).
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Leigh Brackett's "The Veil of Astellar", which Alistair Durie confirmed in its 1944 first publication.
Mark English submitted a cite from a 1974 reprint of Clark Ashton Smith's "The City of the Singing Flame"; Alistair Durie verified the cite in the 1931 original appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1928 cite from Kirk Meadowcroft's "The Invisible Bubble".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2013 cite from Marty Chan; the book also contains an example of the noun _Dimensional_ 'a being from another dimension'.

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