horizontal Definition

parallel to the plane of the horizon; level or flat.

Using horizontal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "horizontal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The picture needs to be hung horizontally.

  • Example

    The table is not horizontal, it's slanted.

  • Example

    The horizon appears as a horizontal line.

  • Example

    The building has horizontal stripes.

horizontal Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for horizontal

Antonyms for horizontal

Phrases with horizontal

  • the process of a company increasing production of goods or services at the same part of the supply chain


    The merger was a form of horizontal integration.

  • a market that includes products or services that are unrelated to each other but share a common distribution channel


    The company expanded into a horizontal market by offering new products through existing channels.

  • a control on a television set that keeps the picture from rolling vertically


    The horizontal hold on my TV is broken, so the picture keeps rolling.

Origins of horizontal

from Latin 'horizontem', meaning 'the horizon'


Summary: horizontal in Brief

The term 'horizontal' [ˌhɒrɪˈzɒntəl] describes something that is parallel to the horizon and level or flat. It can refer to physical objects like tables and pictures, as well as abstract concepts like integration and markets. Examples include 'The picture needs to be hung horizontally,' and 'The company expanded into a horizontal market.' Antonyms include 'vertical' and 'perpendicular.'

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