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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

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

"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

(... is a kind of 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

"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 ...) having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles

"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

"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

"the steep attic stairs" "steep cliffs"

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