a) An object with length, but no height or depth. Like a square has no depth, a one-dimensional object is that square with no width. A straight line.

Such one-dimensional characters have always existed in the theatre along with more recognizably human characters.

b) Lacking depth or believability; flat.

In contrast to this are the flat, one-dimensional characters found in fables.

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  • one-dimensional — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking depth; superficial …   English terms dictionary

  • one-dimensional — [wun′də men′shə nəl] adj. having a single dominant aspect, quality, concern, etc. and hence narrow, limited, superficial, etc …   English World dictionary

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