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Definitions of perpendicular

  1. a Gothic style in 14th and 15th century England; characterized by vertical lines, a four- centered ( Tudor) arch, fan vaulting
  2. intersecting at or forming right angles; " the axes are perpendicular to each other"
  3. a cord from which a metal weight is suspended pointing directly to the earth's center of gravity; used to determine the vertical from a given point
  4. a straight line at right angles to another line
  5. extremely steep; " the great perpendicular face of the cliff"
  6. 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"
  7. a Gothic style in 14th and 15th century England; characterized by vertical lines and a four- centered ( Tudor) arch and fan vaulting
  8. Exactly upright or vertical; pointing to the zenith; at right angles to the plane of the horizon; extending in a right line from any point toward the center of the earth.
  9. At right angles to a given line or surface; as, the line ad is perpendicular to the line bc.
  10. A line at right angles to the plane of the horizon; a vertical line or direction.
  11. A line or plane falling at right angles on another line or surface, or making equal angles with it on each side.
  12. At right angles to a line or surface; upright.
  13. An upright line; a line at right angles with another.
  14. Perpendicularly.
  15. Perpendicularity.
  16. Exactly upright: extending in a straight line toward the centre of the earth: ( geom.) at right angles to a given line or surface.
  17. A perpendicular line or plane.
  18. Exactly upright; meeting at right angles.
  19. Upright; vertical; meeting a given line at right angles.
  20. A perpendicular line.
  21. 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.
  22. A perpendicular line. See Perpend.
  23. Hanging or extending in a right line from any point; at right angles to any plane or line; vertical.

Usage examples for perpendicular

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. The engineer led Frederick to the engine- room and down a perpendicular iron ladder. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  6. To verify this, the following observations were made at Ulietea: Day of Water at a stand Mean Time Perpendicular the of rise Month. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  7. It was nearly a perpendicular shot. – Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton
  8. 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
  9. I prefer the perpendicular. – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  10. 2184 let A be a section of the moulding, and if the blade or knife is to stand perpendicular, as shown at B, Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  11. The walls are perpendicular, and are seldom high enough for a man to stand upright inside the tomb. – Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
  12. The great city expansion in the end will be horizontal rather than perpendicular. – The Holy Earth by L. H. Bailey
  13. Drives in Beulah township were apt to be rather perpendicular, however you took them. – Not Quite Eighteen by Susan Coolidge
  14. 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
  15. Four rates of feed are provided, and the upper wheel can be set at the required angle from a perpendicular while the machine is in motion. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  16. I can't walk up a perpendicular cliff. – The Cock-House at Fellsgarth by Talbot Baines Reed
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