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vertices

[vur-tuh-seez] /ˈvɜr təˌsiz/
noun
1.
a plural of vertex.

vertex

[vur-teks] /ˈvɜr tɛks/
noun, plural vertexes, vertices
[vur-tuh-seez] /ˈvɜr təˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the highest point of something; apex; summit; top:
the vertex of a mountain.
2.
Anatomy, Zoology. the crown or top of the head.
3.
Craniometry. the highest point on the midsagittal plane of the skull or head viewed from the left side when the skull or head is in the Frankfurt horizontal.
4.
Astronomy. a point in the celestial sphere toward which or from which the common motion of a group of stars is directed.
5.
Geometry.
  1. the point farthest from the base:
    the vertex of a cone or of a pyramid.
  2. a point in a geometrical solid common to three or more sides.
  3. the intersection of two sides of a plane figure.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin: a whirl, top (of the head), equivalent to vert(ere) to turn + -ex (stem -ic-) noun suffix
Can be confused
vertex, vortex.
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Examples from the web for vertices
  • Then, he added code that would let users move a polygon around a screen, dragging its vertices to create shapes.
  • Many useful insights lurked in its vertices, awaiting discovery by inquiring graduate students.
  • If no vertices are specified, the command is applied to all vertices of each surface.
  • It doesn't matter how many vertices there actually are, only that the number is odd.
  • The vertices are simply the branch points, ie, the atoms with three or more links to the rest of the ensemble.
  • If vertices are used, vertex points will be included in the point list used to calculate the tight bounding box.
  • The first two forms of the command create additional vertices and use those vertices to split a curve.
  • The third form of the command uses existing vertices to split the curve.
  • Give the coordinates of the other two vertices of the square.
  • Finds the number of triangles that include a node as one of the vertices.
British Dictionary definitions for vertices

vertices

/ˈvɜːtɪˌsiːz/
noun
1.
(in technical and scientific senses only) a plural of vertex

vertex

/ˈvɜːtɛks/
noun (pl) -texes, -tices (-tɪˌsiːz)
1.
the highest point
2.
(maths)
  1. the point opposite the base of a figure
  2. the point of intersection of two sides of a plane figure or angle
  3. the point of intersection of a pencil of lines or three or more planes of a solid figure
3.
(astronomy) a point in the sky towards which a star stream appears to move
4.
(anatomy) the crown of the head
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: highest point, from vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for vertices

vertex

n.

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.

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vertices in Medicine

vertex ver·tex (vûr'těks')
n. pl. ver·tex·es or ver·ti·ces (-tĭ-sēz')

  1. The highest point; the apex.

  2. The topmost point of the vault of the skull; the crown of the head.

  3. The portion of the fetal head bounded by the planes of the trachelobregmatic and biparietal diameters, with the posterior fontanel at the apex.

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vertices in Science
vertex
  (vûr'těks')   
Plural vertices (vûr'tĭ-sēz') or vertexes
  1. The point at which the sides of an angle intersect.

  2. The point of a triangle, cone, or pyramid that is opposite to and farthest away from its base.

  3. A point of a polyhedron at which three or more of the edges intersect.


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