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
- 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 emphasis of the vertical element.
- 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 perpendicularis, 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").