Definition of


  1. (noun, linkdef) something that is oriented vertically
  2. (noun, artifact) a vertical structural member as a post or stake
  3. (adj, all) at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line
    the monument consists of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab
    measure the perpendicular height
  4. (adj, pert) relating to or involving all stages of a business from production to distribution
  5. (adj, all) upright in position or posture
    erect flower stalks
    for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression
    a column still vertical amid the ruins
    he sat bolt upright
  6. (adj, all) of or relating to different levels in a hierarchy (as levels of social class or income group)

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Synonyms of Vertical

erect, perpendicular, upright

Antonyms of Vertical

horizontal, inclined

Alternate forms of Vertical

Derivations: vertical, vertical integration, verticality, verticalness

Hyponyms: column, jamb, pillar, post, scantling, scape, shaft, stile, stud

Hypernyms: orientation, structural member

Origin of the word Vertical

  1. 1559, "of or at the vertex, directly overhead," from M.Fr. vertical (1545), from L.L. verticalis "overhead," from L. vertex (gen. verticis) "highest point" (see vertex). Meaning "straight up and down" is first recorded 1704. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Vertical

veridical, vertically, verticil, virtuously, vorticella

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