one-dimensional vs two-dimensional : Common Errors in English

About one-dimensional vs two-dimensional

Once upon a time most folks knew that “three-dimensional” characters orideas were rounded, fleshed out, and complex and “two-dimensional” oneswere flat and uninteresting. It seems that the knowledge of basicgeometry has declined in recent years, because today we hearuninteresting characters and ideas described as “one-dimensional.”According to Euclid, no physical object can be one-dimensional (of course,according to modern physics, even two-dimensionality is only an abstractconcept). If you are still bothered by the notion that two dimensionsare one too many, just use “flat.”

one-dimensional Meaning(s)

  • (a) relating to a single dimension or aspect; having no depth or scope
  • (a) of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension

two-dimensional Meaning(s)

  • (a) involving two dimensions
  • (s) lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth

one-dimensional in News

  • A break for Greek food and a language lesson

    Time for a break from this whole NSA thing...it can consume me against my own advice from last week about knowing when to let it go. I won't let it go entirely, but it's just time for a break, lest I become one-dimensional.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Steubenville Herald-Star

two-dimensional in News

  1. Atom-Thick Semiconductor Grown at Useable Size

    Since its discovery, graphene has gotten a great deal of interest for researchers, due to its unique properties, including being two-dimensional. In the years following, other 2D materials have been isolated and studied, to learn their properties and how they may interact with each other to form complex devices. Researchers at Rice University have recently found a way to grow a 2D semiconductor ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Overclockers Club

  2. 2-D electronics take a step forward: Semiconducting films for atom-thick circuits

    Scientists have created single-layer films of molybdenum disulfide, a semiconductor and an important component in the development of two-dimensional electronics.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Science Daily

  3. 2-D electronics take a step forward

    ( Rice University ) Scientists at Rice and Oak Ridge National Laboratory create single-layer films of molybdenum disulfide, a semiconductor and an important component in the development of two-dimensional electronics.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: EurekAlert!

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