Meaning of vertical


Vertical describes something that rises straight up from a horizontal line or plane. A telephone pole or a tree can usually be described as vertical in relation to the ground.

The walls of your house — unless there’s some terrible problem — are vertical. They rise straight up from the foundation, at a ninety degree angle. When you’re standing up, you’re vertical, as opposed to when you lie down in a horizontal position on the couch. The terms vertical and horizontal often describe directions: a vertical line goes up and down, and a horizontal line goes across. You can remember which direction is vertical by the letter, “v,” which points down.

Definitions of vertical
  1. adjective

    at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line

    vertical camera angle”
    “the monument consists of two
    vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab”



    having a sharp inclination

    exactly vertical

    turned up on end
    unsloped, upright

    in a vertical position; not sloping

    having no deviations
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    parallel to or in the plane of the horizon or a base line

    at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position

    (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

    in the shape of (a horizontal piece on) a cross

    horizontally level

    being on a precise horizontal plane
    naiant, swimming

    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    atilt, canted, leaning, tilted, tipped

    departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal
    aslant, aslope, diagonal, slanted, slanting, sloped, sloping

    having an oblique or slanted direction

    set at a sharp or high angle or slant

    set at a low angle or slant

    of a geological structure in which all strata are inclined in the same direction

    set at a slant

    represented as leaping (rampant but leaning forward)

    inclining or directed to one side
    skew, skewed

    having an oblique or slanting direction or position

    slanting or inclined in direction or course or position–neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
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  2. adjective

    upright in position or posture

    “a column still
    vertical amid the ruins”

    erect, upright


    capable of being raised to an upright position

    having clusters of erect branches (often appearing to form a single column)

    pertaining to an upright standing posture

    in walking position with right foreleg raised
    rampant, rearing

    rearing on left hind leg with forelegs elevated and head usually in profile

    of plants that are semi-climbers

    of plants that are partly erect

    of animals that are partly erect

    having a supporting base

    requiring a standing position

    standing on four feet
    straight, unbent, unbowed

    erect in posture
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    not upright in position or posture
    accumbent, decumbent, recumbent

    lying down; in a position of comfort or rest
    bended, bent

    used of the back and knees; stooped
    cernuous, drooping, nodding, pendulous, weeping

    having branches or flower heads that bend downward

    lying on the stomach with head raised with legs pointed forward
    dormant, sleeping

    (heraldry) lying with head on paws as if sleeping
    flat, prostrate

    stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
    crooked, hunched, round-backed, round-shouldered, stooped, stooping

    having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect

    having stems that trail along the ground without putting down roots
    prone, prostrate

    lying face downward

    imperfectly prostrate; prostrate for part of its length
    resupine, supine

    lying face upward
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  3. adjective

    of or relating to different levels in a hierarchy (as levels of social class or income group)

    vertical social mobility”

    hierarchal, hierarchic, hierarchical

    classified according to various criteria into successive levels or layers
  4. adjective

    relating to or involving all stages of a business from production to distribution

  5. noun

    a vertical structural member as a post or stake



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    column, pillar

    (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure

    upright consisting of a vertical side member of a door or window frame

    an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position
    scantling, stud

    an upright in house framing
    scape, shaft

    (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column

    an upright that is a member in a door or window frame
    atlas, telamon

    a figure of a man used as a supporting column
    bitt, bollard

    a strong post (as on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines)
    carrick bitt

    either of a pair of strong posts that support a windlass on a ship’s deck

    a supporting column carved in the shape of a person
    corner post

    a square post supporting a structural member at the corner of a building
    doorjamb, doorpost

    a jamb for a door

    either of two posts that bound a gate

    one of a pair of posts (usually joined by a crossbar) that are set up as a goal at each end of a playing field
    hitching post

    a fixed post with a ring to which a horse can be hitched to prevent it from straying
    hop pole

    a tall pole to support the wires on which the hop plant is trained
    king post

    post connecting the crossbeam to the apex of a triangular truss

    a metal post supporting an outdoor lamp (such as a streetlight)

    a vertical pole or post decorated with streamers that can be held by dancers celebrating May Day

    the central pillar of a circular staircase
    newel, newel post

    the post at the top or bottom of a flight of stairs; it supports the handrail

    a rectangular column that usually projects about a third of its width from the wall to which it is attached
    pile, piling, spile, stilt

    a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
    queen post

    vertical tie post in a roof truss
    rudderpost, rudderstock

    a vertical post at the forward edge of a rudder that enables the rudder to pivot

    a strong wooden or metal post with a point at one end so it can be driven into the ground

    any vertical post or rod used as a support

    an upright pole or beam (especially one used as a support)

    (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket
    support column

    a column that supports a heavy weight
    telegraph pole, telegraph post, telephone pole

    tall pole supporting telephone wires

    a post made of wood
    whipping post

    post formerly used in public to which offenders are tied to be whipped
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    structural member

    support that is a constituent part of any structure or building

  6. noun

    something that is oriented vertically

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    position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions

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