Definition of Perpendicular

(geometry) at or forming a right angle (to something). | Exactly upright; extending in a straight line toward the centre of the earth, etc. | Independent of or irrelevant to each other; orthogonal.

- The least deviation from the
**perpendicular**of such a mass would cause it to fall. - In the
**perpendicular**position of the head, and the lightness that accompanies it. - She rubbed her fingers carefully up and down the faint
**perpendicular**wrinkle above her nose. - We see that its axis of revolution is nearly
**perpendicular**to the line of light from the sun.

- He had dragged himself from a
**perpendicular**position. - Series of double
**perpendicular**scallops. - It was nearly a
**perpendicular**shot. - Consider now the planes
**perpendicular**to these three lines. - Lines
**perpendicular**to this horizon give depth. - Set up a post or stake
**perpendicular**and firm. - It rose smooth and
**perpendicular**toward the heavens. - Windows and doors square-headed with
**perpendicular**lines. - Then the plane l is
**perpendicular**to the line r. - The fierce
**perpendicular**rays of the sun beat down. - A, a
**perpendicular**ray of light from the pen. - Norman and Perpendicular church.
- The printed page of
**perpendicular**type; how legible it is. - Large Perpendicular church.
- They are thus both Perpendicular in style.
- It is easy to distinguish Perpendicular windows.
- The chapels to the east have Perpendicular screens.
- The Perpendicular church contains interesting windows.
- It is a plain monument, Perpendicular in style.
- Spirals, Perpendicular and Vertical.
- A Fine Perpendicular Tower.
- Now the base A B is equal to the
**perpendicular**A C. - It's quite
**perpendicular**now. - A direction which is not parallel with or
**perpendicular**to a line. - We were diving as nearly
**perpendicular**as it is possible to be. - The ledge here terminates in the
**perpendicular**wall of the canyon. - Just as he passes the
**perpendicular**his hands will begin to cross each other. - Near the foot of an almost
**perpendicular**cliff he again picked up the trail. - It was broken by
**perpendicular**objects like white torpedoes. - The needle swung almost
**perpendicular**to the course of the tunnel. - The craft was so banked as almost to have the wings
**perpendicular**to earth. - There are three chains to help in climbing three
**perpendicular**heights. - Another form of check is a small cap having
**perpendicular**slits at the sides. - She is in a small semi-circular cove shut in by
**perpendicular**cliffs. - The greater part of this bank is nearly
**perpendicular**and of solid rock. - It paralleled the river, a
**perpendicular**wall of gray sandstone.