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vertiginous

[ver-tij-uh-nuh s]
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adjective
  1. whirling; spinning; rotary: vertiginous currents of air.
  2. affected with vertigo; dizzy.
  3. liable or threatening to cause vertigo: a vertiginous climb.
  4. apt to change quickly; unstable: a vertiginous economy.

Origin of vertiginous

1600–10; < Latin vertīginōsus dizzy, equivalent to vertīgin- (stem of vertīgō) vertigo + -ōsus -ous
Related formsver·tig·i·nous·ly, adverbver·tig·i·nous·ness, nounun·ver·tig·i·nous, adjectiveun·ver·tig·i·nous·ly, adverbun·ver·tig·i·nous·ness, noun
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  • Would she have prevented him from ever scaling his vertiginous Peak?

    The Golden Bowl

    Henry James

  • "You raise me to vertiginous heights," said Amaldi in the same tone.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

  • Amid this vertiginous tempest of tones Debora danced the Dance of Space.

    Visionaries

    James Huneker

  • The vertiginous noise in the ears has been explained in Section XX.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I

    Erasmus Darwin

  • With a sudden bound that was meant to take it unaware, he was off, along the crest, at vertiginous speed.


British Dictionary definitions for vertiginous

vertiginous

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or having vertigo
  2. producing dizziness
  3. whirling
  4. changeable; unstable
Derived Formsvertiginously, adverbvertiginousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin vertīginōsus, from vertigo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vertiginous

adj.

c.1600, "of the nature of vertigo," from French vertigineux, from Latin vertiginosus "suffering from dizziness," from vertigo (see vertigo).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vertiginous in Medicine

vertiginous

(vər-tĭjə-nəs)
adj.
  1. Affected by vertigo; dizzy.
  2. Tending to produce vertigo.
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