vertiginous

[ver-tij-uh-nuhs]
adjective
1.
whirling; spinning; rotary: vertiginous currents of air.
2.
affected with vertigo; dizzy.
3.
liable or threatening to cause vertigo: a vertiginous climb.
4.
apt to change quickly; unstable: a vertiginous economy.

Origin:
1600–10; < Latin vertīginōsus dizzy, equivalent to vertīgin- (stem of vertīgō) vertigo + -ōsus -ous

vertiginously, adverb
vertiginousness, noun
unvertiginous, adjective
unvertiginously, adverb
unvertiginousness, noun
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vertiginous (vɜːˈtɪdʒɪnəs)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or having vertigo
2.  producing dizziness
3.  whirling
4.  changeable; unstable
 
[C17: from Latin vertīginōsus, from vertigo]
 
ver'tiginously
 
adv
 
ver'tiginousness
 
n

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vertiginous
1608, "of the nature of vertigo," from Fr. vertigineux, from L. vertiginosus "suffering from dizziness," from vertigo (see vertigo).
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vertiginous ver·tig·i·nous (vər-tĭj'ə-nəs)
adj.

  1. Affected by vertigo; dizzy.

  2. Tending to produce vertigo.

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Example sentences
Vertiginous people should start moving about cautiously when the spinning stops.
His buildings swoop and soar with vertiginous curves and startling precipices
  that seem to defy gravity.
Undulating, roughly carved ceiling beams add to the vertiginous sensation.
At first, this produces an interesting vertiginous sensation.
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