July 30, 2016
vertical (adjective)
\VER-tih-kul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : directly overhead2 : going straight up or down from a level surface3 : of or relating to persons of higher or lower standing
How do you use it?
The French flag has three vertical bands of blue, white, and red.
Are you a word wiz?

Which word do you think is a synonym of "vertical"?

We'll give it to you straight: "vertical," "perpendicular," and "plumb" mean being at right angles to a base line. "Vertical" suggests a line or direction rising straight upward, as in "The side of the cliff is almost vertical." "Perpendicular" stresses the straightness of a line making a right angle with any other line, as in "The parallel bars are perpendicular to the support posts." "Plumb" stresses an exact verticality which can be determined by using a string with a weight on the end, as in "The carpenter made sure that the wall was plumb."
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