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Meaning of VERTICAL

Pronunciation:  'vurtikul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a vertical structural member as a post or stake; "the ball sailed between the uprights"
  2. [n]  something that is oriented vertically
  3. [adj]  at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line; "a vertical camera angle"; "the monument consists of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab"; "measure the perpendicular height"
  4. [adj]  upright in position or posture; "an erect stature"; "erect flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he sat bolt upright"

VERTICAL is a 8 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: erect, erectile, fastigiate, orthostatic, passant(ip), perpendicular, plumb, rampant(ip), rearing, standing(a), stand-up, statant(ip), straight-backed, unbent, unbowed, unsloped, upended, upright, upright
 Antonyms: horizontal, inclined, unerect
 See Also: column, goalpost, jamb, orientation, pillar, post, scantling, shaft, steep, stile, straight, structural member, stud



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ver"ti*cal\, a. [Cf. F. vertical. See {Vertex}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to the vertex; situated at the vertex, or
       highest point; directly overhead, or in the zenith;
       perpendicularly above one.
             Charity . . . is the vertical top of all religion.
                                                   --Jer. Taylor.
    2. Perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; upright; plumb;
       as, a vertical line.
    {Vertical angle} (Astron. & Geod.), an angle measured on a
       vertical circle, called an angle of elevation, or
       altitude, when reckoned from the horizon upward, and of
       depression when downward below the horizon.
    {Vertical anthers} (Bot.), such anthers as stand erect at the
       top of the filaments.
    {Vertical circle} (Astron.), an azimuth circle. See under
    {Vertical drill}, an drill. See under {Upright}.
    {Vertical fire} (Mil.), the fire, as of mortars, at high
       angles of elevation.
    {Vertical leaves} (Bot.), leaves which present their edges to
       the earth and the sky, and their faces to the horizon, as
       in the Australian species of Eucalyptus.
    {Vertical limb}, a graduated arc attached to an instrument,
       as a theodolite, for measuring vertical angles.
    {Vertical line}.
       (a) (Dialing) A line perpendicular to the horizon.
       (b) (Conic Sections) A right line drawn on the vertical
           plane, and passing through the vertex of the cone.
       (c) (Surv.) The direction of a plumb line; a line normal
           to the surface of still water.
       (d) (Geom., Drawing, etc.) A line parallel to the sides of
           a page or sheet, in distinction from a horizontal line
           parallel to the top or bottom.
    {Vertical plane}.
       (a) (Conic Sections) A plane passing through the vertex of
           a cone, and through its axis.
       (b) (Projections) Any plane which passes through a
           vertical line.
       (c) (Persp.) The plane passing through the point of sight,
           and perpendicular to the ground plane, and also to the
    {Vertical sash}, a sash sliding up and down. Cf. {French
       sash}, under 3d {Sash}.
    {Vertical steam engine}, a steam engine having the crank
       shaft vertically above or below a vertical cylinder.
  2. \Ver"ti*cal\, n.
    1. Vertical position; zenith. [R.]
    2. (Math.) A vertical line, plane, or circle.
    {Prime vertical}, {Prime vertical dial}. See under {Prime},