Definition of perpendicular :
1. A line at right angles to the plane of the horizon; a vertical line or direction.
2. A line or plane falling at right angles on another line or surface, or making equal angles with it on each side.
3. At right angles to a given line or surface; as, the line ad is perpendicular to the line bc.
4. 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.
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straight (part of speech: adjective)
vertical (part of speech: adjective)
- Down the rugged and almost perpendicular descent, the dog, without any hesitation, began to make his way. - "True Stories about Cats and Dogs", Eliza Lee Follen.
- On the other side it was perpendicular. - "The Scottish Chiefs", Jane Porter.
- Spaniards were not birds of prey to fly up those perpendicular heights, and for beings without wings the thing was impossible. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.