perpendicular

[p_ˌɜː_p_ə_n_d_ˈɪ_k_j_ʊ_l_ə], [pˌɜːpəndˈɪkjʊlə], [pˌɜːpəndˈɪkjʊlə]

Definitions of perpendicular:

  1.   A line standing at right angles on another line. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2.   An upright line; a line at right angles with another. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3.   A perpendicular line or plane. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4.   Exactly upright: extending in a straight line toward the centre of the earth: ( geom.) at right angles to a given line or surface. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5.   Hanging or extending in a right line from any point; at right angles to any plane or line; vertical. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6.   At right angles to a line or surface; upright. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   A perpendicular line. See Perpend. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8.   Extending in a straight line to the centre of the earth, or at right angles to the horizon; at right angles to a given line or surface. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9.   Perpendicularity. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10.   Exactly upright; meeting at right angles. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11.   Perpendicularly. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Quotes for perpendicular:

  1. We can in fact first place the beam of rays of moving positive atomic ions in a plane perpendicular to the axis in which we see the spectral lines emitted by them. – Johannes Stark
  2. This seems to be the law of progress in everything we do; it moves along a spiral rather than a perpendicular we seem to be actually going out of the way, and yet it turns out that we were really moving upward all the time. – Frances E. Willard
  3. According to well -known electrodynamic laws, an electron moving in a magnetic field is acted upon by a force which runs perpendicular to the direction of motion of the electron and to the direction of the magnetic field, and whose magnitude is easily determined. – Pieter Zeeman
  4. Now all oscillatory movements of such an electron can be conceived of as being split up into force, and two circular oscillations perpendicular to this direction rotating in opposite directions. – Pieter Zeeman

Usage examples for perpendicular:

  1. He had spent the night leaning against a good- sized tree, which his weight had pushed out of the perpendicular – Maiwa's Revenge The War of the Little Hand by H. Rider Haggard
  2. This is a rather disturbing illusion, particularly for women who are apt to think that perpendicular lines make them appear tall and thin, while horizontal lines have the opposite effect. ” – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  3. Shoot in the air; let the arrow fall perpendicular on those within- fall as the vengeance of the saints falls- direct from heaven! ” – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  4. “ I can't walk up a perpendicular cliff. ” – The Cock-House at Fellsgarth by Talbot Baines Reed
  5. It was now about noon, and the rays of the sun, which descended almost perpendicular on our heads, were extremely hot and troublesome. ” – The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great by Henry Fielding
  6. On the right of the platform, as we approach this building, is a high range of structures, ruined and overgrown with trees, with an immense back wall built on the outer line of the platform, perpendicular to the bottom of the terrace. ” – Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I. by John L. Stephens
  7. The engineer led Frederick to the engine- room and down a perpendicular iron ladder. ” – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  8. This vallon is short, the walls nearly perpendicular and in some parts scarcely 2 ft. ” – The South of France--East Half by Charles Bertram Black
  9. “ I prefer the perpendicular – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  10. Hooker to return after advancing some miles on this general position, which was about perpendicular to the plank road leading to Fredericksburg, I am not able to say, because, being only a division commander, the facts were not stated to me. ” – The Campaign of Chancellorsville by Theodore A. Dodge

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