tridee n.

a device capable of transmitting or displaying a three dimensional image

  • 1961 β€˜A. Norton’ Star Hunter 32 Andre Norton

    Chambriss carried a needler, Starns was unarmed except for a small protection stunner, his tri-dee box slung on his chest by well-worn carrying straps.

  • 1966 L. Niven World of Ptavvs (1977) 46 Larry Niven

    She leaned forward and turned on the tridee screen in the seat ahead.


Research requirements

antedating 1961

Earliest cite

A. Norton 'Star Hunter'

Research History
Looking for both 'tridee' and 'tri-dee'.

Enoch Forrester submitted a cite for the form "tri-dee" from a 1983 reprint of Alan Dean Foster's "The Tar-Aiym Krang"; Douglas Winston verified the cite in the 1972 first edition. Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1966 cite for the form "tri-dee" from Keith Roberts' "Synth". Ethan Merritt submitted a cite for the form "tri-dee" from a 1968 reprint of Andre Norton's "Star Hunter"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1961 first edition. Mike Christie submitted a cite for the form "tridee" from a 1984 reprint of Andre Norton's 1970 "Dread Companion". Mike Christie submitted a cite for the form "tridee" from a 1977 reprint of Roger Zelazny's 1973 "To Die In Italbar". Enoch Forrester submitted a cite for the form "tridee" from a 1982 reprint of Larry Niven's "World of Ptavvs"; Mike Christie verified the cite in a 1977 edition and also checked the 1965 first magazine appearance: the word is "threevee" in that version. Dan Tilque submitted a cite from a 1972 reprint of Larry Niven's "Ringworld" for the form "tridee"; Treesong verified the cite in the 1970 first edition. Mike Christie submitted a 1966 cite for the form "tri-dee" from Roger Zelazny's "This Moment of the Storm". Mike Christie submitted a cite for the form tri-dee from a 1962 reprint of Andre Norton's 1961 "Catseye". Katrina Campbell submitted a cite for the form "tridee" from a 1986 reprint of Alan Dean Foster's 1984 "Voyage to the City of the Dead".

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