Dimensioning Concepts

Dimensions show the geometric measurements of objects, the distances or angles between objects, or the X and Y coordinates of a feature. AutoCAD. provides three basic types of dimensioning: linear, radial, and angular. Linear dimensions include aligned, rotated, and ordinate dimensions.

You can create dimensions for lines, multilines, arcs, circles, and polyline segments, or you can create dimensions that stand alone.

AutoCAD draws dimensions on the current layer. Every dimension has a dimension style associated with it, whether it's the default or one you define. The style controls characteristics such as color, text style, and linetype scale. Thickness information is not supported. Style families allow for subtle modifications to a base style for different types of dimensions. Overrides allow for style modifications to a specific dimension.

For more information about dimensions, see “Change Existing Objects” in the User's Guide.