Perpendicular

[p_ˌɜː_p_ə_n_d_ˈɪ_k_j_ʊ_l_ə], [pˌɜːpəndˈɪkjʊlə], [pˌɜːpəndˈɪkjʊlə]

Definitions of perpendicular:

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

Antonyms for perpendicular:

catercorner, diagonal, nonparallel, Monoclinal, cata-cornered, horizontal, leaning, level, aslope, kitty-corner, swimming, catty-cornered, sloped, aslant, Oblique-angled, parallel, sideways, recumbent, sagging, gradual, tilted, nonintersecting, canted, supine, slanted, skewed, high-pitched, sloping, graded, hanging, cater-cornered, inclined, slantwise, pitched, salient, listing, low-pitched, flat, catacorner, Raked, tipped, nonconvergent, skew, Tilting, collateral, cant, atilt, crabwise, prostrate, kitty-cornered, naiant, crosswise, oblique, catty-corner, bias, slanting, sidelong, antiparallel.


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. The great city expansion in the end will be horizontal rather than perpendicular – The Holy Earth by L. H. Bailey
  2. “ 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
  3. It was nearly a perpendicular shot. ” – Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton
  4. 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
  5. Prop the pan nearly perpendicular before the blaze. ” – Camp and Trail by Stewart Edward White
  6. “ 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
  7. Looking down it appeared quite perpendicular and its condition was so changed by the influence of the sun that going down in the same free and easy way that we had climbed up was quite out of the question. ” – An Impromptu Ascent of Mont Blanc by W. H. Le Mesurier
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Drives in Beulah township were apt to be rather perpendicular however you took them. ” – Not Quite Eighteen by Susan Coolidge
  12. “ I prefer the perpendicular – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  13. 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
  14. The engineer led Frederick to the engine- room and down a perpendicular iron ladder. ” – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. “ I can't walk up a perpendicular cliff. ” – The Cock-House at Fellsgarth by Talbot Baines Reed
  19. 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

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