other-dimensional adj.

of or from another dimension


  • 1934 R. Vaughan Exile of the Skies in Wonder Stories Jan. 583/2 page image Richard Vaughan bibliography

    Without, a vast spectacle of destruction painted the blinding reality of white-hot, Terrestrial flame against the ghastly shimmers of the other-dimensional foe.

  • 1934 C. L. Moore Scarlet Dream in Weird Tales May 579/2 page image C. L. Moore bibliography

    When he lifted his eyes to the wall, he knew where he was. Blazoned on the dim stone, burning through the twilight like some other-dimensional fire, the scarlet pattern writhed across the wall.

  • 1948 M. Zimmer Ode Ear! in Startling Stories July 127/2 page image Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    Could be my double in one of those other-dimensional worlds, maybe?????

  • 1959 P. Schuyler Miller Reference Library in Astounding Sept. 152/1 page image P. Schuyler Miller

    The Norse gods, dwarfs, frost-giants, and all the rest are real and alive in some other-dimensional continuum, and making another play for control of Midgardโ€”the Earth.

  • 1979 R. Lupoff Lupoff's Book Week in Starship (#35) Summer 76/2 page image Richard A. Lupoff

    Seems that the demon is really an other-dimensional colleague of the defunct wizard, come to pay a friendly-rivalish visit. Now heโ€™s stranded.

  • 2001 Science Fiction Chronicle July 32/1

    Eilan is raised on the Goddess-centered, other-dimensional (for lack of a better explanation) island of Avalon, beginning in the year AD 249.

  • 2013 SFX (# 233) May 118/4 page image

    Other-dimensional creatures resembling eels and jellyfish float in the airโ€ฆand once you can see them, they can see you. [ellipsis in orig.]

Research requirements

antedating 1934

Earliest cite

Richard Vaughan, in Wonder Stories

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from a letter from Marion Zimmer [Bradley] in Startling Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Bruce Elliott's "The Devil Was Sick".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1953 reprint of Catherine. L. Moore's "Scarlet Dream"; Alistair Durie verified it from the 1934 first appearance.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1934 (January) cite from Richard Vaughan in Wonder Stories.

Earliest cite in the OED (though not strictly SFnal) is from 1940

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