two-di·​men·​sion·​al | \ ˈtü-də-ˈmench-nəl How to pronounce two-dimensional (audio) also -dī-, -ˈmen(t)-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of two-dimensional

1 : of, relating to, or having two dimensions The most symmetric of the two-dimensional objects is the circle, because you can rotate it any amount and reflect it over any axis through its center, and it remains exactly the same …— Tamara M. Davis … consider a piece of paper, a two-dimensional object. Crumple the paper up. The more tightly it's compressed, the more chaotic are its folds, and the closer the two-dimensional surface moves to becoming a three-dimensional solid.— John Briggs and F. David Peat
2 : lacking the illusion of depth : not three-dimensional His violent, nakedly two-dimensional art can be difficult to capture in photographs, depending as it does in great measure on knotty textures and eccentric color schemes for effect.Publishers Weekly
3 : lacking depth of characterization two-dimensional characters

Other Words from two-dimensional

two-dimensionality \ ˈtü-​də-​ˌmen(t)-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce two-dimensional (audio) also  -​dī-​ \ noun, plural two-dimensionalities
two-dimensionally adverb
This guide … covers thoroughly and in-depth the process of representing the human form two-dimensionally on paper. — Heather Halliday

First Known Use of two-dimensional

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Two-dimensional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of two-dimensional

: having only two dimensions (such as length and width)
: not having qualities that are like the qualities of a real person



Kids Definition of two-dimensional

: having the two dimensions of length and width A square is two-dimensional.

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