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vertical Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun something that is oriented vertically
  2. noun a vertical structural member as a post or stake
    • the ball sailed between the uprights
  3. adjective 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. adjective relating to or involving all stages of a business from production to distribution
  5. adjective upright in position or posture
    upright; erect.
    • 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
  6. adjective satellite of or relating to different levels in a hierarchy (as levels of social class or income group)
    • vertical social mobility

Ver"ti*cal adjective
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.
Ver"ti*cal noun
  1. Vertical position; zenith. R.
  2. (Math.) A vertical line, plane, or circle.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

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