vertical Definition

  • 1standing or pointing straight up or at an angle of 90° to a horizontal surface or line
  • 2relating to or involving different levels of hierarchy in an organization

Using vertical: Examples

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

  • Example

    The wall is not vertical; it leans slightly to the left.

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    The building has a vertical garden on its façade.

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    The company has a vertical structure with clear lines of authority.

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    The graph shows the vertical axis representing time.

vertical Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using vertical

  • to move from a flat or horizontal position to a vertical one


    The plane went vertical after takeoff.

  • a slang term for the female genitalia


    That comedian's joke about the vertical smile was offensive and inappropriate.

  • drinking while standing up, typically in a crowded bar or pub


    The pub was so packed that we had to do some vertical drinking.

Phrases with vertical

  • the combination of two or more stages of production normally operated by separate companies into a single enterprise


    The company achieved greater efficiency through vertical integration.

  • a market in which vendors offer goods and services specific to an industry, trade, profession, or other group of customers with specialized needs


    The company specializes in providing software solutions for the healthcare vertical market.

  • an electronic circuit that stabilizes the picture on a television screen by holding the scanning spot in a fixed position


    The TV technician adjusted the vertical hold to fix the distorted image on the screen.

Origins of vertical

from Latin 'vertex', meaning 'highest point'


Summary: vertical in Brief

The term 'vertical' [ˈvɜrtɪkl] describes something that stands or points straight up or at a 90-degree angle to a horizontal surface or line. It can also refer to organizational structures with clear lines of authority. Examples include 'The wall is not vertical; it leans slightly to the left.' and 'The company has a vertical structure with clear lines of authority.' Phrases like 'vertical integration' and 'vertical market' denote business concepts, while idioms like 'go vertical' and 'vertical drinking' describe physical actions.

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