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    perpendicular - Dictionary definition and meaning for word perpendicular

    (noun) a straight line at right angles to another line Definition
    (noun) a Gothic style in 14th and 15th century England; characterized by vertical lines and a four-centered (Tudor) arch and fan vaulting Definition
    (noun) 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
    Synonyms : plumb line
    (noun) an extremely steep face Definition
    (adj) intersecting at or forming right angles
    Example Sentence
    • the axes are perpendicular to each other
    (adj) at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line
    Synonyms : vertical
    Example Sentence
    • a vertical camera angle
    • the monument consists of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab
    • measure the perpendicular height
    (adj) extremely steep
    Example Sentence
    • the great perpendicular face of the cliff
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