### What does **perpendicular** mean?

# Definitions for perpendicular

ˌpɜr pənˈdɪk yə lərper·pen·dic·u·lar

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### Princeton's WordNet

perpendicular(noun)

a straight line at right angles to another line

perpendicular, perpendicular style, English-Gothic, English-Gothic architecture(noun)

a Gothic style in 14th and 15th century England; characterized by vertical lines and a four-centered (Tudor) arch and fan vaulting

plumb line, perpendicular(noun)

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

perpendicular(adj)

an extremely steep face

perpendicular(adj)

intersecting at or forming right angles

"the axes are perpendicular to each other"

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"

perpendicular(adj)

extremely steep

"the great perpendicular face of the cliff"

### Wiktionary

perpendicular(Noun)

A line or plane that is perpendicular to another.

**Etymology:**perpendiculum.perpendicular(Noun)

A device such as a plumb line that is used in making or marking a perpendicular line.

**Etymology:**perpendiculum.perpendicular(Adjective)

At or forming a right angle (to).

In most houses, the walls are perpendicular to the floor

**Etymology:**perpendiculum.Perpendicular(Adjective)

Of a style of English Gothic architecture from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

In most houses, the walls are perpendicular to the floor

**Etymology:**perpendiculum.

### Webster Dictionary

Perpendicular(adj)

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

**Etymology:**[L. perpendicularis, perpendicularius: cf. F. perpendiculaire. See Perpendicle, Pension.]Perpendicular(adj)

at right angles to a given line or surface; as, the line ad is perpendicular to the line bc

**Etymology:**[L. perpendicularis, perpendicularius: cf. F. perpendiculaire. See Perpendicle, Pension.]Perpendicular(noun)

a line at right angles to the plane of the horizon; a vertical line or direction

**Etymology:**[L. perpendicularis, perpendicularius: cf. F. perpendiculaire. See Perpendicle, Pension.]Perpendicular(noun)

a line or plane falling at right angles on another line or surface, or making equal angles with it on each side

**Etymology:**[L. perpendicularis, perpendicularius: cf. F. perpendiculaire. See Perpendicle, Pension.]

### Freebase

Perpendicular

In elementary geometry, the word perpendicular describes the relationship between two geometric objects that meet at a right angle. A line is said to be perpendicular to another line if the two lines intersect at a right angle. Explicitly, a first line is perpendicular to a second line if 1 the two lines meet and 2 at the point of intersection the straight angle on one side of the first line is cut by the second line into two congruent angles. Perpendicularity can be shown to be symmetric, meaning if a first line is perpendicular to a second line, then the second line is also perpendicular to the first. For this reason, we may speak of two lines as being perpendicular without specifying an order. Perpendicularity easily extends to segments and rays. For example, we say a line segment is perpendicular to a line segment if, when each is extended in both directions to form an infinite line, these two resulting lines are perpendicular in the sense above. In symbols, we write to mean line segment AB is perpendicular to line segment CD. A line is said to be perpendicular to a plane if 1 the line intersects the plane, 2 the line is not completely contained in the plane, and 3 the line is perpendicular to some line in the plane. Note that this definition depends on the definition of perpendicularity between lines.

### Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

Perpendicular

pėr-pen-dik′ū-lar,

*adj.*exactly upright: extending in a straight line toward the centre of the earth: (*geom.*) at right angles to a given line or surface.—*n.*a perpendicular line or plane.—*n.***Perpendicular′ity**, state of being perpendicular.—*adv.***Perpendic′ularly**.—**Perpendicular style**, a style of Gothic architecture in England which succeeded the Decorated style, prevailing from the end of the 14th to the middle of the 16th century, contemporary with the Flamboyant style in France, marked by stiff and rectilinear lines, mostly vertical window-tracery, depressed or four-centre arch, fan-tracery vaulting, and panelled walls. [Fr.,—L.*perpendicularis*—*perpendiculum*, a plumb-line—*per*, through,*pendĕre*, to weigh.]

### Dictionary of Nautical Terms

perpendicular

A right line falling from or standing upon another vertically, and making the angle of 90° on both sides.

### Entomology

Perpendicular

upright: at right angles to horizontal.

### Numerology

Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of perpendicular in Chaldean Numerology is:

**8**Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of perpendicular in Pythagorean Numerology is:

**7**

### Examples of perpendicular in a Sentence

Those who can’t stand

**perpendicular**shouldn’t blame those who are on the horizontal position.

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- رأسي, عموديArabic
- perpendicularCatalan, Valencian
- kolmý, kolmiceCzech
- perpendiciwlarWelsh
- rechtwinkligGerman
- κάθετοςGreek
- perpendicularSpanish
- عمودPersian
- kohtisuoraFinnish
- perpendiculaireFrench
- leadrjocht, leadlineWestern Frisian
- ניצב, מאונךHebrew
- merőlegesHungarian
- 垂直, 直立, 縦Japanese
- perpendiculair, schietlood, haaks, loodlijn, loodrechtDutch
- loddrettNorwegian
- prostopadły, prostopadłaPolish
- perpendicularPortuguese
- перпендикуляр, перпендикулярныйRussian
- normal, vinkelrätSwedish
- dikTurkish
- thẳng gócVietnamese

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