usage: the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small); "they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"; "about the magnitude of a small pea"
2. order of magnitude, magnitude, ratio
usage: a number assigned to the ratio of two quantities; two quantities are of the same order of magnitude if one is less than 10 times as large as the other; the number of magnitudes that the quantities differ is specified to within a power of 10
3. magnitude, importance
usage: relative importance; "a problem of the first magnitude"