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vertical

[vur-ti-kuh l] /ˈvɜr tɪ kəl/
adjective
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.
3.
of or relating to the cranial vertex.
4.
Botany.
  1. (of a leaf) having the blade in a perpendicular plane, so that neither of the surfaces can be called upper or lower.
  2. being in the same direction as the axis; lengthwise.
5.
of, constituting, or resulting in vertical combination.
6.
of or relating to a product or service from initial planning to sale.
7.
of, relating to, or noting a stratified society, nation, etc.
noun
8.
something vertical, as a line or plane.
9.
a vertical or upright position.
10.
a vertical structural member in a truss.
Origin of vertical
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin verticālis, equivalent to vertic- (stem of vertex) vertex + -ālis -al1
Related forms
verticality, verticalness, verticalism, noun
vertically, adverb
nonvertical, adjective
nonvertically, adverb
nonverticalness, noun
nonverticality, noun
subvertical, adjective
subvertically, adverb
subverticalness, noun
unvertical, adjective
unvertically, adverb
Synonyms
1. See upright.
Antonyms
1. horizontal.
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British Dictionary definitions for vertically

vertical

/ˈvɜːtɪkəl/
adjective
1.
at right angles to the horizon; perpendicular; upright: a vertical wall Compare horizontal (sense 1)
2.
extending in a perpendicular direction
3.
at or in the vertex or zenith; directly overhead
4.
(economics) of or relating to associated or consecutive, though not identical, stages of industrial activity: vertical integration, vertical amalgamation
5.
of or relating to the vertex
6.
(anatomy) of, relating to, or situated at the top of the head (vertex)
noun
7.
a vertical plane, position, or line
8.
a vertical post, pillar, or other structural member
Derived Forms
verticality (ˌvɜːtɪˈkælɪtɪ) noun
vertically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin verticālis, from Latin vertex
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Word Origin and History for vertically

vertical

adj.

1550s, "of or at the vertex, directly overhead," from Middle French vertical (1540s), from Late Latin verticalis "overhead," from Latin vertex (genitive verticis) "highest point" (see vertex). Meaning "straight up and down" is first recorded 1704.

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vertically in Medicine

vertical ver·ti·cal (vûr'tĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the vertex of the head.

  2. Being or situated at right angles to the horizon; upright.

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