noun, plural ver·tex·es, ver·ti·ces [vur-tuh-seez] /ˈvɜr təˌsiz/.
- the point farthest from the base: the vertex of a cone or of a pyramid.
- a point in a geometrical solid common to three or more sides.
- the intersection of two sides of a plane figure.
Origin of vertex
Related Words for verticesculmination, pinnacle, zenith, acme, cope, apex, crown, cap, tip, roof, height, extremity, summit, peak, crest, apogee, fastigium
Examples from the Web for vertices
Historical Examples of vertices
At the vertices of a regular tetrahedron may be found such points.The Mystery of Space
Robert T. Browne
The ends of these diameters are the vertices of the required square.
Similarly the elevation of the other sides and vertices are found.
Mechanical means of describing hyperbolas, their foci and vertices being given.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out
Fred T. Hodgson
At the vertices of this polygon the Pythagoreans placed the Greek letters signifying "health."The Teaching of Geometry
David Eugene Smith
noun plural -texes or -tices (-tɪˌsiːz)
- the point opposite the base of a figure
- the point of intersection of two sides of a plane figure or angle
- the point of intersection of a pencil of lines or three or more planes of a solid figure
Word Origin for vertex
1560s, "the point opposite the base in geometry," from Latin vertex "highest point," literally "the turning point," originally "whirling column, whirlpool," from vertere "to turn" (see versus). Meaning "highest point of anything" is first attested 1641.