- having one dimension only.
- having no depth or scope: a novel with one-dimensional characters.
Origin of one-dimensional
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for one-dimensional
Romney is steadfast in constantly casting the election as a one-dimensional referendum on the incumbent president.Mitt Romney Is a Lot Like Thomas E. Dewey, the Equivocating Loser to Truman
June 18, 2012
Our friendship is one-dimensional: we are both passionately committed to Chen.Chen Guangcheng’s Missing Rescuer, He ‘Pearl’ Peirong, Released
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Hollywood is comfortable with one-dimensional caricatures of racism.‘Mad Men’ Highlights Invisible Black People and Stain of Racism
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March 27, 2012
Franzen is just as critical of self-consciously tricky fiction as he is of “schmaltzy, one-dimensional” fiction.Things Jonathan Franzen Says Are Bad for Society: Kakutani, Facebook
March 7, 2012
The reviewers denounced Rand the novelist for her one-dimensional characters, but she knew what she was about.A Populist Frankenstein
November 26, 2009
A man becoming part of our folklore becomes a fey, one-dimensional, shadow-image of reality.The Peacemaker
That informants have a one-dimensional view of earlier periods in Shoshone history may well be expected.Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society
Robert F. Murphy
But in the one-dimensional time the same bit of matter occupies different portions of time.The Concept of Nature
Alfred North Whitehead
In one-dimensional geometry positions and measurements in a single line only are admitted.
No, not along this line of one-dimensional, linear, simplistic form of determinism.The Civilization of Illiteracy