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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.

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. 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.

  2. Robert McKeeman:

    We have real-time communication through GPS, so the police stations know where the officer is at all times, if he goes off on a chase, they know where he is. If he goes completely out of contact, they know where he is. They can even determine if he is lying horizontal instead of vertical and issue an emergency response.

  3. Mark Clawson:

    Most of them( lava bombs) arc high in the air, but every now and again there's one that gets shot like a rifle, more horizontal and that's what happened here.

  4. Ashwin Vasavada:

    The bulk of Mount Sharp is kind of a horizontal layer cake that built up over time.

  5. James Carroll, O Magazine, October 2002:

    We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things…[but] 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.

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    a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
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