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English adjective: perpendicular

1. perpendicular intersecting at or forming right angles


SamplesThe axes are perpendicular to each other.


Similarnormal, orthogonal, rectangular, right


Antonymsoblique, parallel

2. perpendicular at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line


SamplesA vertical camera angle.
The monument consists of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab.
Measure the perpendicular height.


Synonymsvertical


Similarplumb, unsloped, upended, upright


See alsosteep, straight


Attributeorientation


Antonymshorizontal, inclined

3. perpendicular extremely steep


SamplesThe great perpendicular face of the cliff.


Similarsteep


Antonymsgradual


English noun: perpendicular

1. perpendicular (shape) a straight line at right angles to another line


Broader (hypernym)straight line

2. perpendicular (cognition) a Gothic style in 14th and 15th century England; characterized by vertical lines and a four-centered (Tudor) arch and fan vaulting


SynonymsEnglish-Gothic, English-Gothic architecture, perpendicular style


Broader (hypernym)Gothic, Gothic architecture


Narrower (hyponym)Tudor architecture

3. perpendicular (artifact) a cord from which a metal weight is suspended pointing directly to the earth's center of gravity; used to determine the vertical from a given point


Synonymsplumb line


Broader (hypernym)cord


Narrower (hyponym)lead line, plumb rule, sounding line


Part holonymplumb, plumb bob, plummet

4. perpendicular (artifact) an extremely steep face


Broader (hypernym)face









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