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of the first magnitude

Of major importance or significance. You have to study Shakespeare because he is a poet of the first magnitude. We need to close the highway immediately—this is an accident of the first magnitude.
See also: first, magnitude, of

of the highest magnitude

Of major importance or significance. You have to study Shakespeare because he is a poet of the highest magnitude. We need to close the highway immediately—this is an accident of the highest magnitude.
See also: high, magnitude, of
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When Beroza and his team reanalyzed the seismic data and assumed the San Andreas fault ruptured at high speed, the magnitude of the quake and the rupture length of the fault matched the estimates obtained by analyzing the field-survey data.
Nevertheless, the researchers found that the ratio of seismic energy received at high and low frequencies during the first 4 seconds of ground motions spreading from the quake enabled the team to estimate the quake's full magnitude.
While the results to date include substrates representative of only two types of soil media, valuable insight into the magnitude of the odorant fading in soils is possible.
In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude.
Those with magnitude zero could be seen with the naked eye and generally visible even from large cities, but are difficult to see if near bright artificial lights.
The ancient Greeks divided stars into magnitude classes based on their intuitive impressions.
According to Bratt, the completed seismic network will detect quakes and blasts of magnitude 4.
Xiotech(R) Corporation today announced that it has qualified and will resell the Cisco(R) MDS 9020 Fabric Switch with Magnitude 3D(R) network storage solutions.
No matter where we observe, the stars of 2nd magnitude or brighter--the beacons of the night--stand out and serve as guides that help us explore the heavens.
If their criticism proves valid, the Los Angeles region may not suffer a widely expected surge in the frequency of magnitude 6.
The strategic alliance between the two companies leverages the strengths of Xiotech's Magnitude 3D(R) core product line and COPAN's groundbreaking MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks)-based Revolution 200 Series.
If you combine the magnitudes of all visible stars (down to 6th magnitude), how bright a star will you come up with?
Such a quake would be eight to 10 times stronger than the magnitude 7.
But the lack of written records before 1800 makes it difficult to judge whether such shocks measured magnitude 8 or magnitude 9 in size.