# Definitions and Synonyms of *perpendicular* | Another word for *perpendicular* | What is *perpendicular? *

*Definition 1: an extremely steep face - [noun denoting artifact]*

*(**perpendicular* is a kind of ...) a vertical surface of a building or cliff

*perpendicular*is a kind of ...) a vertical surface of a building or cliff

*Definition 2: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]*

*Synonyms for perpendicular in the sense of this definition*

*(**perpendicular* is a kind of ...) a line made of twisted fibers or threads

*perpendicular*is a kind of ...) a line made of twisted fibers or threads

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*"the bundle was tied with a cord"*### (... is a kind of *perpendicular* ) (nautical) plumb line for determining depth

### (... is a kind of *perpendicular* ) a plumb line attached to a narrow board

### (*perpendicular* is a part of ...) the metal bob of a plumb line

*Definition 3: a Gothic style in 14th and 15th century England; characterized by vertical lines and a four-centered (Tudor) arch and fan vaulting - [noun denoting cognition]*

*Synonyms for perpendicular in the sense of this definition*

*(**perpendicular* is a kind of ...) a style of architecture developed in northern France that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches

*perpendicular*is a kind of ...) a style of architecture developed in northern France that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches

*(... is a kind of **perpendicular* ) a style of English-Gothic architecture popular during the Tudor period; characterized by half-timbered houses

*perpendicular*) a style of English-Gothic architecture popular during the Tudor period; characterized by half-timbered houses

*Definition 4: a straight line at right angles to another line - [noun denoting shape]*

*(**perpendicular* is a kind of ...) a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature

*perpendicular*is a kind of ...) a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature

*"the shortest distance between two points is a straight line"**Definition 5: intersecting at or forming right angles - [adjective denoting all]*

*Samples where perpendicular or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*the axes are perpendicular to each other*

*(**perpendicular* is similar to ...) forming a right angle

*perpendicular*is similar to ...) forming a right angle

*(**perpendicular* is similar to ...) having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles

*perpendicular*is similar to ...) having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles

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*"wind and sea may displace the ship's center of gravity along three orthogonal axes"**"a rectangular Cartesian coordinate system"*### (*perpendicular* is similar to ...) having the axis perpendicular to the base

*"a right angle"**Definition 6: at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line - [adjective denoting all]*

*Samples where perpendicular or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*a vertical camera angle**the monument consists of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab**measure the perpendicular height*

*Synonyms for perpendicular in the sense of this definition*

*(**perpendicular* is similar to ...) exactly vertical

*perpendicular*is similar to ...) exactly vertical

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*"the tower of Pisa is far out of plumb"*### (*perpendicular* is similar to ...) turned up on end

### (*perpendicular* is similar to ...) in a vertical position; not sloping

*"an upright post"*### (means also ...) having a sharp inclination

*"the steep attic stairs"**"steep cliffs"*### (means also ...) having no deviations

*"straight lines"**"straight roads across the desert"**"straight teeth"**"straight shoulders"*### (... are attributes of *perpendicular*) position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions

*Definition 7: so steep as to be nearly veritcal - [adjective satellite denoting all]*

*Samples where perpendicular or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*the great perpendicular face of the cliff*

*(**perpendicular* is similar to ...) having a sharp inclination

*perpendicular*is similar to ...) having a sharp inclination

*"the steep attic stairs"**"steep cliffs"*

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