mul·ti·di·men·sion·al | \ˌməl-tē-də-ˈmench-nəl, -ˌtī-, -ˈmen(t)-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of multidimensional 

: having or relating to multiple dimensions or aspects multidimensional calculus Such multidimensional spaces are, of course, impossible to draw in our ordinary space. But scientists can draw a two- or three-dimensional cross section of a multidimensional space …— John Briggs and F. David Peat … a combination of services that result in a multidimensional approach to education …— Corrine E. Munoz-Plaza et al. … he shows us both the inner and outer lives of the athletes, transforming them from heroes or villains into the kind of multidimensional characters you expect to find in good fiction.— Bill Ott

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multidimensionality \ˌməl-tē-də-ˌmen(t)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē, -ˌtī- \ noun
Due to the multidimensionality of grief, with its physical, emotional, and psychological expression … clinical symptoms of grief are often misinterpreted as symptoms of depression … . — Sara Sanders and Kathryn Betts Adams They noted that a theoretical understanding of the underlying processes can serve as a guide in navigating the multidimensionality, uncertainty, and complexity that is teaching. — Mike Yough et al.

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In a multidimensional performance showing all the light and dark of the game, Neymar, 26, was the hero, the villain, the most graceful player in the stadium and, for many, the most vexing. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Brazil’s Joy Is Mexico’s Heartbreak in World Cup Knockout," 4 July 2018 The makeup artist has been known to strategically layer different highlighter hues to create multidimensional looks — and the results are borderline entrancing. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "How to Layer Your Highlighter For a Multidimensional Glow," 30 May 2018 Ballet is a thrillingly multidimensional art: Too few dancers remember this. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "The Changing Shape of American Ballet Theater," 5 July 2018 What makes her multidimensional, however, are the other aspects of her life experiences—relatable characteristics mirroring those of 'round the way girls and women. Samantha Willis, Glamour, "Why Do We See so Much of Ourselves in Meghan Markle?," 18 May 2018 The 6-7 forwards have a multidimensional skillset that will pose problems for Loyola's top-five ranked defense. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Examining the six most surprising Sweet 16 teams no one saw coming," 19 Mar. 2018 Sound, however, is multidimensional in a different way. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music," 9 July 2018 Introducing a nuanced love interest would call back to The Walking Dead's glory days when characters were multidimensional and had more to do than decide whether to kill people. 2. Rachel Cavanaugh, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walking Dead': Why a Daryl-Aaron Romance Is a Good Idea (Opinion)," 26 June 2018 Arthur moved to Manhattan in 2005 to study at NYU under Nassim Nicholas Taleb, whose emphasis on life’s randomness modulated Arthur’s belief that life was a multidimensional optimization problem. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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