Vertex meaning

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Vertex is the top or highest point.

An example of a vertex is a mountain peak.

An example of a vertex is the top of the head.

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The highest point; the apex or summit.

The vertex of a mountain.

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In astrology, the highest point reached in the apparent motion of a celestial body.
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The highest point; summit; apex, as the top point of the sun, moon, etc. above the horizon.
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(anat., zool.) The top or crown of the head.
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(optics) The point at the center of a lens at which the axis of symmetry intersects the curve of the lens.
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The highest point; the apex or summit.

The vertex of a mountain.

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The point at which the sides of an angle intersect.
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The point of a triangle, cone, or pyramid that is opposite to and farthest away from its base.
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A point of a polyhedron at which three or more of the edges intersect.
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A corner point of a triangle or other geometric image. Vertices is the plural form of this term. See vertex shader.
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The highest point of something.
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(anatomy) The highest surface on the skull.
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(geometry) The common point of the two rays of the angle, or its equivalent structure in polyhedra (meeting of edges) and higher order polytopes.
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(mathematics) A point on the curve with a local minimum or maximum of curvature.
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(graph theory) One of the elements of a graph joined or not by edges to other vertices.
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(computer graphics) A point in 3D space, usually given in terms of its Cartesian coordinates.
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(optics) The point where the surface of a lens crosses the optical axis.
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(nuclear or particle physics) An interaction point.
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(astrology) The point where the prime vertical meets the ecliptic in the western hemisphere of a natal chart.
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Origin of vertex

  • Latin whirlpool, crown of the head (where the hair forms a whorl), vertex from vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin vertex (“top, peak"), from vertere (“to turn")

    From Wiktionary