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Perpendicular meaning

perpendicular - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. a Gothic style in 14th and 15th century England; characterized by vertical lines and a four- centered ( Tudor) arch and fan vaulting
  2. 2. Exactly upright or vertical; pointing to the zenith; at right angles to the plane of the horizon; extending in a right line from any point toward the center of the earth.
  3. 3. At right angles to a given line or surface; as, the line ad is perpendicular to the line bc.
  4. 4. A line at right angles to the plane of the horizon; a vertical line or direction.
  5. 5. A line or plane falling at right angles on another line or surface, or making equal angles with it on each side.
  6. 6. Exactly upright; meeting at right angles.

perpendicular - examples of usage

  1. You feel that you must walk in measured step and place your hat precisely perpendicular, for the eyes of 'Society' are upon you. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. They move almost as much on the perpendicular as on the horizontal plane. - "America To-day, Observations and Reflections", William Archer.
  3. The church of this village- like town is one of its chief attractions; it is a very old and stately building, and its perpendicular tower, nearly a hundred feet high, is one of the noblest in England. - "Afoot in England", W.H. Hudson.
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