adjective Etymology: Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin verticalis, from Latin vertic-, vertex Date: 1559 1. a. situated at the highest point ; directly overhead or in the zenith b. of an aerial photograph taken with the camera pointing straight down or nearly so 2. a. perpendicular to the plane of the horizon or to a primary axis ; upright b. (1) located at right angles to the plane of a supporting surface (2) lying in the direction of an axis ; lengthwise 3. a. relating to, involving, or integrating economic activity from basic production to point of sale <
a vertical monopoly
b. of, relating to, or comprising persons of different status <
the vertical arrangement of society
vertical nounverticality nounvertically adverbverticalness noun Synonyms: vertical, perpendicular, plumb mean being at right angles to a base line. vertical suggests a line or direction rising straight upward toward a zenith <
the side of the cliff is almost vertical
. perpendicular may stress the straightness of a line making a right angle with any other line, not necessarily a horizontal one <
the parallel bars are perpendicular to the support posts
. plumb stresses an exact verticality determined (as with a plumb line) by earth's gravity <
make sure that the wall is plumb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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