Origin of perpendicular
Examples from the Web for perpendicular
Only those climbers who are absolutely at home aloft go forward down a perpendicular tree trunk.Wild Folk|Samuel Scoville
The Perpendicular church has been restored, and is of little interest.Wanderings in Wessex|Edric Holmes
Could I find a means of climbing up the perpendicular sides of my prison, if only a few feet?Jethou|E. R. Suffling
Thus the lower stages were of Perpendicular Gothic, the higher of Renaissance style.Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely|Rev. Edward Conybeare.
He had stooped with a frown: he returned to the perpendicular with a smile that was positively winning.The Adventures of Sally|P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for perpendicular
Word Origin for perpendicular
Word Origin and History for perpendicular
late 15c., from adverb (late 14c.), from Old French perpendiculer, from Latin perpendicularis "vertical, as a plumb line," from perpendiculum "plumb line," from perpendere "balance carefully," from per- "thoroughly" (see per) + pendere "to weigh, to hang" (see pendant). As a noun from 1570s. Related: Perpendicularly; perpendicularity.