tri-dim n.

a device or system capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image; (also) a three-dimensional image or video; = tri-D n.

  • 1942 W. S. Peacock Planet of No-Return in Planet Stories Winter ii. 32/2 page image Wilbur S. Peacock bibliography

    They fought in the ocean below, fought in a never-ending splashing of what seemed to be liquid fire. It was like watching a tri-dim screen of a news event, except for the utter lack of sound.

  • 1952 M. Shaara Orphans of Void in Galaxy Science Fiction June 85/1 page image Michael Shaara bibliography

    And then the robots sent a picture. As perfect and as clear as a tridim movie, a rectangular plate took shape in Steffen’s mind.

  • 1953 R. Barr & W. West Rubberneck in Startling Stories Apr. 128/2 page image bibliography

    That slim spire at the very top was added to serve as a beaming point for TV, an early form of tri-dim.

  • 1963 R. Silverberg To See Invisible Man in Worlds of Tomorrow Apr. 158/1 page image Robert Silverberg

    I entered theaters, where the happy lotus-eaters sat slumped in their massage-chairs, transfixed by the glowing tridim images—and I capered down the aisles.

  • 1967 R. Silverberg Hawksbill Station in Galaxy Magazine Aug. 23/2 Robert Silverberg bibliography

    Fine wine, yes; a tridim of a daughter who would never be embraced again, no.

  • 1980 B. Pronzini & B. N. Malzberg Prose Bowl i. 3 page image Barry N. Malzberg Bill Pronzini bibliography

    I hit the carriage return key, saw that I had come to the bottom of the page, and snap-rolled it out of the typewriter. All around me the screaming of the Sackett Boosters and the rest of the seventy thousand fans seemed to ripple and flow like surf, to echo in rebounding waves off the great plastoid dome overhead. But it didn’t bother me, didn’t affect my concentration. And neither did being on national TriDim in front of a New-Sport audience estimated to be fifty million or so for the Prose Bowl East Coast semifinals. There was too much at stake for me to care how many people watched Rex Sackett, The Metaphor Kid, go head-to-head against the Kansas City Flash.

Research requirements

antedating 1942

Earliest cite

Wilbur S. Peacock, in Planet Stories

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a cite for the form "tri-dim" from a 1979 reprint of Robert Heinlein's "The Puppet Masters"; and also checked the 1951 first magazine appearance and determined that the word appears there as "tri-dimensional" instead. Malcolm Farmer verified the cite in a 1969 edition; we would like to check the 1951 first edition, or any other edition prior to 1963.
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of Edmond Hamilton's 1968 "The World of the Starwolves".
Ralf Brown located and Mike Christie submitted a 1963 cite from Robert Silverberg's "To See The Invisible Man".
Ralf Brown located and Mike Christie submitted a 1967 cite from Robert Silverberg's "Hawksbill Station".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1942 cite from Wilbur S. Peacock, obviating the need to check some of the original printings mentioned above.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1952 cite from Michael Shaara.

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