two-dimensional

two-dimensional
1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A two-dimensional object or figure is flat rather than solid so that only its length and width can be measured.

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

2) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe fictional characters as two-dimensional, you are critical of them because they are very simple and not realistic enough to be taken seriously.

I found the characters very two-dimensional, not to say dull.


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