Perpendicular

Definition of Perpendicular

Per`pen`dic´u`lar
a.1.Exactly upright or vertical; pointing to the zenith; at right angles to the plane of the horizon; extending in a right line from any point toward the center of the earth.
2.(Geom.) At right angles to a given line or surface; as, the line ad is perpendicular to the line bc.
Perpendicular style
(Arch.) a name given to the latest variety of English Gothic architecture, which prevailed from the close of the 14th century to the early part of the 16th; - probably so called from the vertical style of its window mullions.
n.1.A line at right angles to the plane of the horizon; a vertical line or direction.
2.(Geom.) A line or plane falling at right angles on another line or surface, or making equal angles with it on each side.

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air line, axis, azimuth circle, beeline, chord, diagonal, diameter, direct line, directrix, edge, erect, great-circle course, normal, orthodiagonal, orthogonal, orthometric, plumb, plunging, precipitous, radius, radius vector, rectangular, right angle, right line, right-angle, right-angled, right-angular, secant, segment, sheer, shortcut, side, stand-up, steep, straight, straight course, straight line, straight stretch, straight-up, straight-up-and-down, straightaway, streamline, tangent, transversal, up-and-down, vector, vertical, vertical circle
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