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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 the greatest importance or significance or to the greatest degree or extent. You have to study Shakespeare because he is a poet of the highest magnitude. We need to close the highway immediately—this is an emergency 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.
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.
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.
If you combine the magnitudes of all visible stars (down to 6th magnitude), how bright a star will you come up with?
But the lack of written records before 1800 makes it difficult to judge whether such shocks measured magnitude 8 or magnitude 9 in size.