horizontal

[hawr-uh-zon-tl, hor-]

adjective

noun

anything horizontal, as a plane, direction, or object.

Origin of horizontal

1545–55; < Latin horizont- (stem of horizōn) horizon + -al1
Related formshor·i·zon·tal·i·ty [hawr-i-zon-tal-i-tee, hor-] /ˌhɔr ɪ zɒnˈtæl ɪ ti, ˌhɒr-/, hor·i·zon·tal·ness, nounhor·i·zon·tal·ly, adverbsub·hor·i·zon·tal, adjectivesub·hor·i·zon·tal·ly, adverbsub·hor·i·zon·tal·ness, nounun·hor·i·zon·tal, adjectiveun·hor·i·zon·tal·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of horizontal

Historical Examples of horizontal

  • And bit by bit—how we don't know—the horizontal zigzag is accomplished.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Then come the struts, the main pieces which join the horizontal beams.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • This consists of two sections, one horizontal, the other vertical.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • Then he remounted and gripped the pipe in the middle of its horizontal section.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Tree of slow growth, with horizontal, yellowish-barked branches.


British Dictionary definitions for horizontal

horizontal

adjective

parallel to the plane of the horizon; level; flatCompare vertical (def. 1)
of or relating to the horizon
measured or contained in a plane parallel to that of the horizon
applied uniformly or equally to all members of a group
economics relating to identical stages of commercial activityhorizontal integration

noun

a horizontal plane, position, line, etc
Derived Formshorizontality or horizontalness, nounhorizontally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for horizontal
adj.

1550s, "relating to or near the horizon," from French horizontal, from Latin horizontem (see horizon). Meaning "flat" (i.e., "parallel to the horizon") is from 1630s. Related: horizontally.

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