Definitions for verticalˈvɜr tɪ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ver•ti•calˈvɜr tɪ kəl(adj.)

  1. being in a position or direction perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; upright; plumb.

  2. of, pertaining to, or situated at the vertex.

  3. Bot. being in the same direction as the axis; lengthwise.

    Category: Botany

  4. pertaining to vertical merger.

    Category: Economics

  5. pertaining to vertical integration.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Business

  6. pertaining to or noting a stratified society, nation, etc.

    Category: Sociology

  7. (n.)something vertical, as a line or plane.

  8. a vertical or upright position.

Origin of vertical:

1550–60; < L verticālis=vertic-, s. of vertexvertex+-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. vertical(noun)

    something that is oriented vertically

  2. upright, vertical(adj)

    a vertical structural member as a post or stake

    "the ball sailed between the uprights"

  3. vertical, perpendicular(adj)

    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. vertical(adj)

    relating to or involving all stages of a business from production to distribution

  5. erect, vertical, upright(adj)

    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"

  6. vertical(adj)

    of or relating to different levels in a hierarchy (as levels of social class or income group)

    "vertical social mobility"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vertical(adjective)ˈvɜr tɪ kəl

    in a position that is straight up and down

    a vertical line


  1. vertical(Noun)

    A vertex or zenith

  2. vertical(Noun)

    A vertical geometrical figure; a perpendicular

  3. vertical(Noun)

    An individual slat in a set of vertical blinds.

  4. vertical(Noun)

    A vertical component of a structure.

  5. vertical(Adjective)

    along the direction of a plumbline or along a straight line that includes the center of the Earth

  6. vertical(Adjective)

    In a two dimensional Cartesian co-ordinate system, describing the axis oriented normal (perpendicular, at right angles) to the horizontal axis.

  7. vertical(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to vertical markets.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vertical(adj)

    of or pertaining to the vertex; situated at the vertex, or highest point; directly overhead, or in the zenith; perpendicularly above one

  2. Vertical(adj)

    perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; upright; plumb; as, a vertical line

  3. Vertical(noun)

    vertical position; zenith

  4. Vertical(noun)

    a vertical line, plane, or circle

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vertical' in Adjectives Frequency: #674

Translations for vertical

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


standing straight up at right angles to the earth's surface, or to a horizontal plane or line; upright

The hillside looked almost vertical.

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