[ vur-ti-kuhl ]
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  1. being in a position or direction perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; upright; plumb.

  2. of, relating to, or situated at the vertex.

  1. of or relating to the cranial vertex.

  2. Botany.

    • (of a leaf) having the blade in a perpendicular plane, so that neither of the surfaces can be called upper or lower.

    • being in the same direction as the axis; lengthwise.

  3. of, constituting, or resulting in vertical combination.

  4. of or relating to a product or service from initial planning to sale.

  5. of, relating to, or noting a stratified society, nation, etc.

  1. something vertical, as a line or plane.

  2. a vertical or upright position.

  1. a vertical structural member in a truss.

Origin of vertical

First recorded in 1550–60; from Latin verticālis, equivalent to vertic- (stem of vertex) vertex + -ālis-al1

synonym study For vertical

1. See upright.

Opposites for vertical

Other words from vertical

  • ver·ti·cal·i·ty, ver·ti·cal·ness, ver·ti·cal·ism, noun
  • ver·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·ver·ti·cal, adjective
  • non·ver·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·ver·ti·cal·ness, noun
  • non·ver·ti·cal·i·ty, noun
  • sub·ver·ti·cal, adjective
  • sub·ver·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • sub·ver·ti·cal·ness, noun
  • un·ver·ti·cal, adjective
  • un·ver·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use vertical in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vertical


/ (ˈvɜːtɪkəl) /

  1. at right angles to the horizon; perpendicular; upright: a vertical wall Compare horizontal (def. 1)

  2. extending in a perpendicular direction

  1. at or in the vertex or zenith; directly overhead

  2. economics of or relating to associated or consecutive, though not identical, stages of industrial activity: vertical integration; vertical amalgamation

  3. of or relating to the vertex

  4. anatomy of, relating to, or situated at the top of the head (vertex)

  1. a vertical plane, position, or line

  2. a vertical post, pillar, or other structural member

Origin of vertical

C16: from Late Latin verticālis, from Latin vertex

Derived forms of vertical

  • verticality (ˌvɜːtɪˈkælɪtɪ), noun
  • vertically, adverb

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