from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having only two dimensions, especially length and width.
- adj. Lacking the requisite or expected range or depth: a movie with two-dimensional characters.
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- adj. Existing in two dimensions.
- adj. Not creating the illusion of depth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. involving two dimensions
- adj. lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth
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With that, I humbly extend my deepest apologies — to you, Mr. Eric Theodore Cartman — for deigning to compare the one-dimensional folk we're besieged with in reality to the much more emotionally complex and two-dimensional ... you.
Is it wrong to compare these flesh-and-blood people to a two-dimensional cartoon character?
While the entertainment world goes mad for 3D, science is abuzz with the vast potential of this purely two-dimensional matter: it is 100 times stronger than steel, conducts electricity better than copper, and might one day displace silicon from the chip.
The errors in bad comics are similar to the errors in bad screenplays — mostly related to poor story structure, two-dimensional characters, or predictable endings.
The rippers are an intriguing enemy (they appear as two-dimensional shadows that fear light) and as we learn a little more about them, we want to believe that they are not as harmful as they appear.
Gaiman does describe the characters and environment well, but because of the two-dimensional nature it feels wasted.
This is a strange, liminal object: a maypole bedecked with slim red and black ribbons and chains from which hang aluminium plaques bearing grisly two-dimensional images of severed heads.
Whether that is depth of thought, narrative or something else entirely, even though they're displayed in 2D, we want them to have more than two-dimensional.
It presented such events like items on a checklist, acted out by two-dimensional characters that never - despite a fine cast - came to life.
There is two hours of music, but it seems far longer, mostly because none of the characters – not Susan Bickley's overworked Strawson, Nicky Spence's rather two-dimensional Brian, or Jonathan McGovern's Jake, let alone the sketched-in gallery of smaller roles – is given enough the dramatic presence to engage any sympathy.