Definition of 3D in US English:


(also 3-D)


  • 1Three-dimensional.

    ‘a 3D model’
    • ‘The 3D nature of these tools invites the designer to think and act in the third dimension to a greater degree than previously imagined.’
    • ‘This weakens the interface between 4-D and 3-D planes.’
    • ‘Things that appear 3D stand out from flat things.’
    • ‘Designing art for 3-D games presents some unique challenges.’
    • ‘From these, we determine points of elevation and create a 3D topographic map.’
    • ‘When skillfully applied, 3D modeling supports design creativity in ways that traditional methods cannot.’
    • ‘The phone also has built-in 3D graphics components.’
    • ‘Creating 3D animation can be a painstakingly difficult task requiring time and patience.’
    • ‘But the attempt to translate that into 3D space does seem to lose something in the translation.’
    • ‘Shown in the context of a 3D model, they demonstrate how much of a workstation, for example, is actually within reach of the user.’
    • ‘With 3D animation you do not have excess footage to play with as each scene takes a long time to render out.’
    • ‘The team will be able to check the validity of the data they create within the 3D model.’
    • ‘The 3D graphics, although state of the art, actually feel a little 2D; this creates some distance between the actors and their environment and makes each scene seem slightly unreal, which is sort of the point.’
    • ‘Not only is the user able to maneuver through the 3D virtual world, but he or she can also manipulate virtual time to study the evolution of the Forum from its paludal origins to its monumental zenith as the social and political center of ancient Rome.’
    • ‘Such 3D modeling, however, is still rare in architecture firms.’
    • ‘The 3-D model of Roman Canterbury and its surrounding landscape is based, where possible, on archaeological and environmental evidence.’
    • ‘The use of 3-D displays or models can be of immense value in bringing a new dimension to learning.’
    • ‘The columns sit on projecting bases above a stage, producing a 3D effect.’
    • ‘The aim was to roll a ball around a 3D map, without it falling off the edge, in a certain amount of time.’
    • ‘They receive a 3D facade plus texture and colors.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting a film or video game that creates an impression of depth and solidity, typically by means of stereoscopic techniques.
      ‘a 3D first-person shooter game’


  • The quality of being three-dimensional.

    ‘all their projects are modeled in 3D from start to finish’
    ‘today saw the debut of the station's new weather graphics, in 3D and with dynamic imaging’
    • ‘The 3D is so amazing the film must suffer in 2D - and some theaters are showing only the 2D version.’
    • ‘Considering that this chipset has only a single-channel memory controller, its speed in 3D is rather doubtful.’
    • ‘From the early 'pioneering' days (when there was resistance from certain quarters of the archaeological and television world) to today (where it is almost 'de rigueur' to have 3D to help explain archaeological findings), the acceptance of virtual archaeology as a tool is almost complete.’
    • ‘The graphics are stunningly and lovingly created in isometric 3D, and the 3D is used to very good effect on most of the levels.’
    • ‘These days 3D is widely being used along with Computer Design Design.’
    • ‘The great thing about design in 3D is you can see how the case will fit together and whether there are going to be any conflicts in space or design.’
    • ‘So listen up developers - just because 3D is good doesn't mean 2D is bad.’
    • ‘Also, you need to get your head around 3D since the gaming world is immersed in it.’
    • ‘The map is in true 3D to accurately represent the positions of all systems.’
    • ‘For these projects there is no 3D used at all.’
    • ‘Unlike many traditional methods of converting drawings from 3D to 2D, it preserves much of the original drawing intelligence.’
    • ‘This one - in 3D, which means wearing the funny glasses - shows signs of not being as worked through as the others.’
    • ‘At the same time, it relegated the 3D to the background.’
    • ‘It then covers some of the concepts you'll need to understand when transitioning your projects from 3D to 2D and back.’