Definitions of vertical

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. a vertical structural member as a post or stake; " the ball sailed between the uprights"
  4. something that is oriented vertically
  5. Of or pertaining to the vertex; situated at the vertex, or highest point; directly overhead, or in the zenith; perpendicularly above one.
  6. Perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; upright; plumb; as, a vertical line.
  7. Vertical position; zenith.
  8. A vertical line, plane, or circle.
  9. position; zenith.
  10. Pertaining to, or situated at, the apex or top; leading toward the zenith; at right angles with the herizon; upright; in an up and down direction.
  11. A fine, plane, or circle at right angles with the horizon.
  12. Vertically.
  13. Verticalness, verticality.
  14. Pertaining to the vertex: placed in the zenith: perpendicular to the plane of the horizon.
  15. A vertical line.
  17. In the zenith; perpendicular to the horizon.
  18. Being at the highest point, or directly overhead.
  19. Perpendicular; upright.
  20. Pertaining to the vertex; placed or being in the zenith; perpendicular to the plane of the horizon. Vertical circle, a great circle passing through the zenith and the nadir. The prime vertical, that vertical circle which passes through the east and west points. Vertical plane, a plane passing through the vertex and axis of a cone.
  21. Standing upright; lengthwise, in direction of axis; vertex of head.

Usage examples for vertical

  1. As it drew nearer true vertical, a chanting began among the men with up- turned faces. – The Sky Is Falling by Lester del Rey
  2. She is struck by an identical blow, with the same instrument, in the same place, the middle of the forehead, producing an absolutely vertical wound. – The Eight Strokes of the Clock by Maurice Le Blanc
  3. Then Androvsky looked down, and two vertical lines appeared on his high forehead above his eyebrows. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  4. There were deep vertical lines in his face. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  5. 2555, which is for a vertical engine. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  6. I noticed that Mrs. Falchion's brow contracted as the song proceeded, making a deep vertical line between the eyes, and that the fingers of the hand nearest me closed on the chair- arm firmly. – Mrs. Falchion, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  7. Usually he drills his holes in rings around the tree- trunk, but in this instance his longest lines of holes are vertical. – The Woodpeckers by Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
  8. The position of the other points on either side of this vertical line can then be observed. – The Practice and Science Of Drawing by Harold Speed
  9. These preliminary remarks will prepare the reader to understand the great theoretical interest attached to all facts connected with the position of strata, whether horizontal or inclined, curved or vertical. – The Student's Elements of Geology by Sir Charles Lyell
  10. It may occur at almost any angle up to vertical. – Geology by James Geikie
  11. The rudder was made of movable horizontal and vertical blades. – Story of the Aeroplane by C. B. Galbreath
  12. The rain continued most of the day, but we set out at half past seven P. M., crossing loose ice, as usual, and much of the surface consisting of detached vertical needles. – Three Voyages for the Discovery of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and Narrative of an Attempt to Reach the North Pole, Volume 2 (of 2) by Sir William Edward Parry
  13. He smiled and reached out his hand for the familiar vertical file. – Mezzerow Loves Company by Floyd L. Wallace
  14. Then, knowing that there were guns enough and to spare without ours, we shouldered our hot rifles and trudged back to " Buckman's Tavern," through the dust, behind a straw- covered wain which was driving slowly under the heat of an almost vertical sun. – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  15. For a moment it stopped in a vertical position, and hung quivering, like a beast about to leap upon its prey. – Into the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  16. You can see that the two farther vertical edges or corners appear shorter than the nearer one, just as trees in the distance appear smaller than trees of equal size near you. – Text Books of Art Education, Book IV (of 7) by Hugo B. Froehlich Bonnie E. Snow
  17. Abaft the forward turret there is a vertical armored tube resting on the protective deck and at its upper end is the conning tower, from which the ship is worked when in action and which is well safe- guarded. – Marvels of Modern Science by Paul Severing