two-dimensional love



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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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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  • It presented such events like items on a checklist, acted out by two-dimensional characters that never - despite a fine cast - came to life.

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