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two-dimensional

[too-di-men-shuh-nl, -dahy-] /ˈtu dɪˈmɛn ʃə nl, -daɪ-/
adjective
1.
having the dimensions of height and width only:
a two-dimensional surface.
2.
(of a work of art) having its elements organized in terms of a flat surface, especially emphasizing the vertical and horizontal character of the picture plane:
the two-dimensional structure of a painting.
3.
(in a literary work) shallow, unconvincing, or superficial in execution:
a novel having two-dimensional characters.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
Related forms
two-dimensionality, noun
two-dimensionally, adverb
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Examples for two-dimensional
  • It eliminates the stereoscopic effect and puts you on the same two-dimensional plane as the photograph.
  • It's a two-dimensional plane, except that it curves and twists and after a while suddenly falls off into thin air.
  • When an air-traffic controller looks at his radar, he sees a two-dimensional picture of where the planes in his sector are.
  • In two-dimensional space, a geodesic is a straight line.
  • To figure it out, physicists have tried their hand at the special case of two-dimensional crystals.
  • It is important to appreciate that three-dimensional space is to be compared with the two-dimensional surface of the balloon.
  • The problem is that genealogies aren't two-dimensional, so any attempt to put them on paper is more or less doomed from the start.
  • Another basic point of difference is its essentially two-dimensional nature.
  • When the human brain was evolving, such stimuli would not have been two-dimensional images.
  • The first run was a rough and ready two-dimensional screening designed to work out which pieces contained interesting inclusions.
British Dictionary definitions for two-dimensional

two-dimensional

adjective
1.
of, having, or relating to two dimensions, usually describable in terms of length and breadth or length and height
2.
lying on a plane; having an area but not enclosing any volume
3.
lacking in depth, as characters in a literary work
4.
(of painting or drawing) lacking the characteristics of form or depth
Derived Forms
two-dimensionality, noun
two-dimensionally, adverb
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