These streetlights are perpendicular to the walkway.
An example of something that is perpendicular is a light post that is standing upright next to a street.
- at right angles to a given plane or line
- exactly upright; vertical; straight up or down
- very steep
- [P-] of or designating the third and latest style of English Gothic architecture of the 14th to the 16th cent., characterized by vertical lines in its tracery
Origin of perpendicularMiddle English perpendiculer from Old French from Classical Latin perpendicularis from perpendiculum, plumb line from perpendere, to weigh carefully from per-, intensive + pendere, to hang: see pendant
- a device used in finding or marking the vertical line from any point
- a line at right angles to the plane of the horizon
- a line or plane at right angles to another line or plane
- a perpendicular or upright position
- Mathematics Intersecting at or forming right angles.
- Being at right angles to the horizontal; vertical. See Synonyms at vertical.
- often Perpendicular Of or relating to a style of English Gothic architecture of the 1300s and 1400s, characterized by the use of fan vaulting and broad windows with many mullions.
- Mathematics A line or plane perpendicular to a given line or plane.
- A perpendicular position.
- A device, such as a plumb line, that is used in marking the vertical from a given point.
- A vertical or nearly vertical line or plane.
Origin of perpendicularMiddle English perpendiculer from Old French from Latin perpendiculāris from perpendiculum plumb line from perpendere to weigh carefully per- per- pendere to weigh ; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more perpendicular, superlative most perpendicular)
- (geometry) At or forming a right angle (to).
- In most houses, the walls are perpendicular to the floor.
Latin perpendiculum (“plumb line").