- a dizzying sensation of tilting within stable surroundings or of being in tilting or spinning surroundings.
Origin of vertigo
1520–30; < Latin vertīgō a turning or whirling round, equivalent to vert(ere) to turn (see verse) + -īgō noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for vertigo
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To bolster my case I told him we should actually call it Pursuito, like Vertigo or Psycho.
Movie buffs have commented endlessly on the bell-tower sequence in Vertigo.
Hitchcock said that when Vertigo was finished, he took it to New York to screen it for the Paramount executives.
In Vertigo there's a strange cut in the first bell-tower sequence.
All at once a vertigo seized him and he thought he was going to faint.Doctor Pascal
But for the musician, particularly for the song-bird, there is the vertigo of instant applause.The Paliser case
Dick Boobitrapp is a kidnapper and a confederate of Vertigo.
The vertigo is a symptom of inirritability, as shewn in Class IV.Zoonomia, Vol. II
She cowered within the chair as one stricken with a vertigo.Making People Happy
- pathol a sensation of dizziness or abnormal motion resulting from a disorder of the sense of balance
C16: from Latin: a whirling round, from vertere to turn
Word Origin and History for vertigo
1520s, from Latin vertigo "dizziness," originally "a whirling or spinning movement," from vertere "to turn" (see versus).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A sensation of irregular or whirling motion, either of oneself or of external objects, often caused by inner ear disease.
- Dizziness characterized by a sensation of whirling motion, either of oneself or of external objects. Vertigo is often caused by damage or disease in the inner ear.
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