- having the dimensions of height and width only: a two-dimensional surface.
- (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.
- (in a literary work) shallow, unconvincing, or superficial in execution: a novel having two-dimensional characters.
Origin of two-dimensional
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for two-dimensional
In the past, her character has tended toward the two-dimensional: the chilly villainess.Game of Thrones’ Ep. 5 'First of His Name' Recap: An Ode to the Women of Westeros
May 5, 2014
Prince tries to avoid the two-dimensional in other areas as well.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
She argued that these men and women were typically not psychopaths or two-dimensional monsters.Inside the Nazi Mind at the Nuremberg Trials
September 7, 2013
The two-dimensional photograph becomes 3-D where the artist has constructed a little ledge with rocks.The Best Things to See at Frieze Art Fair NY 2013
May 10, 2013
Sometimes the flowers multiplied in shades of persimmon or turned into two-dimensional appliqué.Miuccia Prada and Emporio Armani: Milan Spring 2013 Collections
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Flat, two-dimensional slices of reality, without depth or motion.Vanishing Point
Now we take an example of a two-dimensional continuum which is finite, but unbounded.
The two-dimensional geometries of Riemann and Lobachevski are thus correlated to the Euclidean geometry.
The images of external objects are painted on the retina, which is a two-dimensional canvas; they are perspectives.
For this purpose we will first give our attention once more to the geometry of two-dimensional spherical surfaces.
- of, having, or relating to two dimensions, usually describable in terms of length and breadth or length and height
- lying on a plane; having an area but not enclosing any volume
- lacking in depth, as characters in a literary work
- (of painting or drawing) lacking the characteristics of form or depth
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