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Definitions for horizontal
ˌhɔr əˈzɒn tl, ˌhɒr-hor·i·zon·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. horizontaladjective

    something that is oriented horizontally

  2. horizontaladjective

    parallel to or in the plane of the horizon or a base line

    "a horizontal surface"


  1. horizontalnoun

    A horizontal component of a structure.

  2. horizontaladjective

    perpendicular to the vertical; parallel to the plane of the horizon; level, flat.

  3. horizontaladjective

    Pertaining to the horizon.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Horizontaladjective

    Etymology: horizontal, French, from horizon.

    As when the sun, new risen,
    Looks through the horizontal misty air,
    Shorn of his beams; or from behind the moon,
    In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds
    On half the nations. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    An obelisk erected, and golden figures placed horizontal about it, was brought out of Egypt by Augustus. Brown.

    The problem is reduced to this; what perpendicular height is necessary to place several ranks of rowers in a plane inclined to a horizontal line in a given angle? John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Horizontaladjective

    pertaining to, or near, the horizon

  2. Horizontaladjective

    parallel to the horizon; on a level; as, a horizontalline or surface

  3. Horizontaladjective

    measured or contained in a plane of the horizon; as, horizontal distance

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. horizontal.]


  1. Horizontal

    Horizontal is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Bee Gees, and the second to receive an international release. The LP was released in early 1968, and included the international hit singles "Massachusetts" and "World". On 5 February 2007, Reprise Records reissued Horizontal with both stereo and mono mixes on one disc and a bonus disc of unreleased songs, non-album tracks, and alternate takes. The album was released in Polydor in many countries and on Atco only in the US and Canada. "And the Sun Will Shine" was released as a single only in France. This album was influenced by The Beatles to baroque.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. horizontal

    A direction parallel to the horizon, or what is commonly termed lying flat. One of the greatest inconveniences navigators have to struggle with is the frequent want of a distinct sight of the horizon. To obviate this a horizontal spinning speculum was adopted by Mr. Lerson, who was lost in the Victory man-of-war, in which ship he was sent out to make trial of his instrument. This was afterwards improved by Smeaton, and consists of a well-polished metal speculum about 3-1/2 inches in diameter, inclosed within a circular rim of brass, so fitted that the centre of gravity of the whole shall fall near the point on which it spins. This is the end of a steel axis running through the centre of the speculum, above which it finishes in a square for the convenience of fitting a roller on it, bearing a piece of tape wound round it. The cup in which it spins is made of agate flint, or other hard substance. Sextants, with spirit-levels attached, have latterly been used, as well as Becher's horizon; but great dexterity is demanded for anything like an approximation to the truth; wherefore this continues to be a great desideratum in navigation.

Editors Contribution

  1. horizontal

    Parallel to the horizon.

    We as humans tend to sleep horizontally in bed.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  


  1. Horizontal

    said of wings when held parallel to the horizon.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'horizontal' in Adjectives Frequency: #913

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of horizontal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of horizontal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of horizontal in a Sentence

  1. James Carroll:

    We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of thingsbut there are times when we stop. We sit sill. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.

  2. Bill Thomas:

    It's no longer enough to be the low cost producer in U.S. horizontal shale, eOG's goal is to be competitive, low-cost oil producer in the global market.

  3. Kyriakos Mitsotakis:

    I no longer want to talk about climate change. I want to talk about the climate crisis, it’s already here, and in order to address it, we need horizontal policies which essentially permeate every aspect of our economic and our social life.

  4. Robert Frost:

    Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.

  5. Jakob Kucharczyk:

    We praise the Commission for understanding that a horizontal measure for all platforms is practically impossible, while a lot of online platforms enable economic growth, their business models differ widely.

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