Definition of three-dimensional in US English:



  • 1Having or appearing to have length, breadth, and depth.

    ‘a three-dimensional object’
    • ‘As space is three-dimensional, he went on to experiment with three-dimensional geometric solids.’
    • ‘We map each configuration on a number of rectangular three-dimensional grids as follows.’
    • ‘The fibrils appear to be three-dimensional and interlocking and to consist of fibrillar bundles.’
    • ‘It commonly appears as a spongy mass because of the three-dimensional meshwork.’
    • ‘The curtain wall is extra deep in profile to give it a more three-dimensional appearance.’
    • ‘The visual impact is heightened and given greater depth in some of the paintings by creating a three-dimensional effect.’
    • ‘If you look at a needle it looks like a one-dimensional line from a long distance, but really it's three-dimensional.’
    • ‘It is neither a disembodied image like painting nor a fully three-dimensional object like sculpture.’
    • ‘Colorants and sculpting tools are used to create decorative three-dimensional forms.’
    • ‘Lone pairs of electrons play a critical role in determining the three-dimensional shape of molecules.’
    • ‘This is the first solid figure, the three-dimensional form of the triangle.’
    • ‘An ionic compound is composed of a network of ions that results in a three-dimensional matrix of cations and anions.’
    • ‘If you watched for a couple of cycles you obtained a very clear idea of the three-dimensional structure of the station.’
    • ‘Each set of atomic coordinates for a model was placed within a three-dimensional grid of cubes.’
    • ‘The pattern of X-ray diffraction reveals the three-dimensional structure of the protein.’
    • ‘A hologram is a three-dimensional image produced by a laser beam.’
    • ‘Those topographic features scatter ambient light in such a way that a three-dimensional image appears.’
    • ‘A crystalline solid is a solid consisting of atoms arranged in an orderly three-dimensional matrix.’
    • ‘As I sat on a bench in the huge courtyard, admiring the myriads of rose gardens, a three-dimensional vision suddenly appeared.’
    • ‘The refraction of the light also gives the moon a three-dimensional appearance.’
    solid, concrete, having depth, sculptural, rounded
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    1. 1.1 (of a literary or dramatic work) sufficiently full in characterization and representation of events to be believable.
      • ‘With the my latest film, I decided to change all that by making the characters more three-dimensional.’
      • ‘In a way Ebenezer is the first really three-dimensional character you come across.’
      • ‘Lizzie appealed to the 30-year-old actress because the character is equally three-dimensional.’
      • ‘He gives the character his fullest opportunity to be seen as a three-dimensional hero.’
      • ‘This helped make the characters three-dimensional for me a lot of times.’
      • ‘Some of the overt sexuality helped to show these women as complete, three-dimensional characters.’
      • ‘The film takes the time to develop its characters into three-dimensional entities.’
      • ‘It will come as no surprise that the movie fails to provide any three-dimensional characters.’
      • ‘She plays the film like a farce, but finds the real, three-dimensional character in Julia.’