Definition of two-dimensional in English:

two-dimensional

adjective

  • 1Having or appearing to have length and breadth but no depth.

    • ‘The computer collects signals from different depths and combines them to make a two-dimensional image of the skin.’
    • ‘When people think of two-dimensional art, they usually think of work done in oil, watercolor, pastel or charcoal.’
    • ‘The second space included ceramic and two-dimensional work made while he taught in Alfred, N.Y.’
    • ‘A shape is a flat, two-dimensional area having only length and width.’
    • ‘The same two-dimensional model could consistently describe the data from both men and women.’
    • ‘It offers a more useful visualization device than the traditional two-dimensional diagrams of inputs and outputs.’
    • ‘After looking at two-dimensional patterns made up of red and white squares and triangles, you have to reproduce these patterns using cubes with red and white faces.’
    • ‘When asked to identify a cube illustrated on a two-dimensional computer screen, for example, Mr. May failed.’
    • ‘Because the net is two-dimensional, it can easily be visualized.’
    • ‘For example, paper might appear to be two-dimensional because it is so thin.’
    • ‘We all think of a line segment as being one-dimensional, a square two-dimensional and a cube three-dimensional, but what does this really mean?’
    • ‘The painting was cartoon-like, very flat and two-dimensional, exuding comic flair and hilarity.’
    • ‘Since they were interested in the entire stem they applied a two-dimensional cylindrical symmetrical model.’
    • ‘Assuming aggregation happens on the cell surface, we choose a two-dimensional hexagonal lattice.’
    • ‘The simulations have evolved from two-dimensional models and solutions to three-dimensional ones.’
    • ‘The influence of two-dimensional Japanese art is clearly visible.’
    • ‘Eight glossily painted, two-dimensional wooden horses hinged to one another stretched across the room.’
    • ‘The envelope expresses texture and depth not through carving, but through two-dimensional patterns on the skin.’
    • ‘Byzantine art is often criticized as flat, two-dimensional, hieratic, and unchanging.’
    • ‘In principle there are infinitely many three-dimensional forms that could correspond to a given two-dimensional perspective picture.’
    1. 1.1 Lacking depth or substance; superficial.
      ‘a nether world of two-dimensional heroes and villains’
      • ‘Despite a sense of grim inevitability hanging over her, she brings conviction and depth to a role that could easily have been two-dimensional.’
      • ‘Okay, a couple of the characters were two-dimensional, but I can forgive that in an animated feature.’
      • ‘They certainly weren't shallow two-dimensional characters.’
      • ‘It's very frustrating, because I get emotional invested in those two-dimensional characters.’
      • ‘On paper Bobby seemed like a real monster, really two-dimensional.’
      • ‘The dialogue may be risible and the characters two-dimensional and shallow but, for a while at least, it doesn't matter.’
      • ‘I turned off after forty five minutes, bored by the two-dimensional characters and stilted dialogue.’
      • ‘He is merely trying - not very convincingly - to reproduce the two-dimensional character created by the media.’
      • ‘Until that point, you must simply bear the horrible dialogue and two-dimensional characters.’
      • ‘He is the phantom actor behind the self-consciously performative tics of his otherwise two-dimensional characters.’
      • ‘You took a fairly two-dimensional character and made her believable, even sympathetic at times.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the film does offer some stylish action scenes which almost make up for its two-dimensional characters.’
      • ‘Too many films allow the villain to remain two-dimensional; not so here.’
      • ‘I heard someone criticize them once for never using two-dimensional characters.’
      • ‘Jan and Anna remain relatively two-dimensional characters because this novel is an absorbed study of the masculine mind.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, this manipulation results in their coming off as the most two-dimensional characters.’
      • ‘And whether it's inherent, or the way they're directed, but they just seem two-dimensional cyphers of characters.’
      • ‘With the exception of Halifax, the rest of the characters are two-dimensional.’
      • ‘His deliberately two-dimensional characters are hilariously drawn to provide some much needed light relief to such an obviously calamitous tale.’
      • ‘They are largely two-dimensional, lacking psychological definition.’
      lacklustre, spiritless, lacking vitality, apathetic, torpid, lethargic
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Pronunciation:

two-dimensional

/ˌto͞odəˈmen(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l/