from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Three-dimensional.
  • noun A three-dimensional medium, display, or performance, especially a cinematic or graphic medium in three dimensions.

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  • adjective Abbreviation of three-dimensional.


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  • "It is OK to sit down and watch 3-D," Tsunoda said, referring to 3-D movies at theaters and 3-D on TV sets.

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  • Additive manufacturing, also called "3-D printing," is not an entirely new technology.

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  • Pull on the visor as you would a baseball cap, plug the headset into a cable box, game console or Blu-ray player and then watch as high-definition 3-D video fills the visual equivalent of a movie theater screen.

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  • Using what HP calls "3-D Sea of Sensors," with an average of 32 temperature sensors on the motherboard of each new server and additional heat sensors on video and network cards, the system can poll the temperature throughout the server and adjust fan power.

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  • among smartphone makers continues to intensify, with one new front being the idea of 3-D phones that do not require 3-D glasses to use them.

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