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Meaning & Definition of Perpendicular in English

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Perpendicular

/pərpəndɪkjələr/

noun

1. A straight line at right angles to another line

    synonym:
  • perpendicular

2. A gothic style in 14th and 15th century england

  • Characterized by vertical lines and a four-centered (tudor) arch and fan vaulting
    synonym:
  • perpendicular
  • ,
  • perpendicular style
  • ,
  • English-Gothic
  • ,
  • English-Gothic architecture

3. 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
    synonym:
  • plumb line
  • ,
  • perpendicular

4. An extremely steep face

    synonym:
  • perpendicular

adjective

1. Intersecting at or forming right angles

  • "The axes are perpendicular to each other"
    synonym:
  • perpendicular

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

  • "A vertical camera angle"
  • "The monument consists of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab"
  • "Measure the perpendicular height"
    synonym:
  • vertical
  • ,
  • perpendicular

3. Extremely steep

  • "The great perpendicular face of the cliff"
    synonym:
  • perpendicular