What is vertical?

  • (adj): At right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line.
    Example: "A vertical camera angle"; "the monument consists of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab"
    Synonyms: perpendicular
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "vertical":

  • (noun): Something that is oriented vertically.
  • (adj): Upright in position or posture.
    Example: "A column still vertical amid the ruins"
    Synonyms: erect, upright
  • (noun): A vertical structural member as a post or stake.
    Synonyms: upright

Famous quotes containing the word vertical:

    I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless;
    That only men incredulous of despair,
    Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air
    Beat upward to God’s throne in loud access
    Of shrieking and reproach. Full desertness,
    In souls as countries, lieth silent-bare
    Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare
    Of the absolute Heavens.
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)

    In bourgeois society, the French and the industrial revolution transformed the authorization of political space. The political revolution put an end to the formalized hierarchy of the ancien regimé.... Concurrently, the industrial revolution subverted the social hierarchy upon which the old political space was based. It transformed the experience of society from one of vertical hierarchy to one of horizontal class stratification.
    Donald M. Lowe, U.S. historian, educator. History of Bourgeois Perception, ch. 4, University of Chicago Press (1982)