Tuesday, April 06, 2004
Definitions for vertiginous
- Affected with vertigo; giddy; dizzy.
- Causing or tending to cause dizziness.
- Turning round; whirling; revolving.
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Citations for vertiginous
But up close the building is impossibly steep, vertiginous, hostile.
He did us no good when, without permission, he entered Tibetan air space and flew up over central China, explaining that it was impossible to comply with the authorities' instructions to land because of the vertiginous mountain terrain.
Origin of vertiginous
Vertiginous derives from Latin vertigo, "a turning round, a whirling round; giddiness," from vertere, "to turn." Related words include reverse, "to turn back (re-) or around"; subvert, "to undermine" (from sub-, "under" + vertere -- at root "to turn from under, to overturn"); and versus, "against" (from versus, "turned towards," hence "facing, opposed," from the past participle of vertere).