three-dimensional

three-dimensional
1) ADJ A three-dimensional object is solid rather than flat, because it can be measured in three different directions, usually the height, length, and width. The abbreviation 3-D can also be used.

...a three-dimensional model.

...the three-dimensional structure of DNA.

2) ADJ A three-dimensional picture, image, or film looks as though it is deep or solid rather than flat. The abbreviation 3-D can also be used.

...new software, which generates both two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional images.

...three dimensional pictures created by lasers.

3) ADJ-GRADED (approval) If you describe fictional characters as three-dimensional you mean that they seem real and natural.

She emerges as a full, three-dimensional character in a way that few horror genre heroines ever do.

4) ADJ: ADJ n Three-dimensional art or design is produced by carving or shaping stone, wood, clay, or other materials. The abbreviation 3-D can also be used.

...a degree in three-dimensional art.


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