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 for vertical
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vertical \Ver"ti*cal\, a. [Cf. F. vertical. See Vertex.]
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     1. Of or pertaining to the vertex; situated at the vertex, or
        highest point; directly overhead, or in the zenith;
        perpendicularly above one.
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              Charity . . . is the vertical top of all religion.
                                                    --Jer. Taylor.
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     2. Perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; upright; plumb;
        as, a vertical line.
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     Vertical angle (Astron. & Geod.), an angle measured on a
        vertical circle, called an angle of elevation, or
        altitude, when reckoned from the horizon upward, and of
        depression when downward below the horizon.
     Vertical anthers (Bot.), such anthers as stand erect at the
        top of the filaments.
     Vertical circle (Astron.), an azimuth circle. See under
     Vertical drill, an upright drill. See under Upright.
     Vertical fire (Mil.), the fire, as of mortars, at high
        angles of elevation.
     Vertical leaves (Bot.), leaves which present their edges to
        the earth and the sky, and their faces to the horizon, as
        in the Australian species of Eucalyptus.
     Vertical limb, a graduated arc attached to an instrument,
        as a theodolite, for measuring vertical angles.
     Vertical line.
        (a) (Dialing) A line perpendicular to the horizon.
        (b) (Conic Sections) A right line drawn on the vertical
            plane, and passing through the vertex of the cone.
        (c) (Surv.) The direction of a plumb line; a line normal
            to the surface of still water.
        (d) (Geom., Drawing, etc.) A line parallel to the sides of
            a page or sheet, in distinction from a horizontal line
            parallel to the top or bottom.
     Vertical plane.
        (a) (Conic Sections) A plane passing through the vertex of
            a cone, and through its axis.
        (b) (Projections) Any plane which passes through a
            vertical line.
        (c) (Persp.) The plane passing through the point of sight,
            and perpendicular to the ground plane, and also to the
     Vertical sash, a sash sliding up and down. Cf. French
        sash, under 3d Sash.
     Vertical steam engine, a steam engine having the crank
        shaft vertically above or below a vertical cylinder.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vertical \Ver"ti*cal\, n.
     1. Vertical position; zenith. [R.]
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     2. (Math.) A vertical line, plane, or circle.
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     Prime vertical, Prime vertical dial. See under Prime,
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base
             line; "a vertical camera angle"; "the monument consists
             of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab";
             "measure the perpendicular height" [syn: vertical,
             perpendicular] [ant: horizontal, inclined]
      2: relating to or involving all stages of a business from
         production to distribution
      3: upright in position or posture; "an erect stature"; "erect
         flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates
         aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he
         sat bolt upright" [syn: erect, vertical, upright] [ant:
      4: of or relating to different levels in a hierarchy (as levels
         of social class or income group); "vertical social mobility"
      n 1: something that is oriented vertically
      2: a vertical structural member as a post or stake; "the ball
         sailed between the uprights" [syn: upright, vertical]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "vertical":
     abrupt, acmatic, apical, arrowlike, azimuth circle, bluff, bold,
     bolt upright, breakneck, capital, chief, consummate, dead straight,
     direct, downright, erect, even, flat, head, headlong, headmost,
     highest, horizontal, in a line, level, lineal, linear, maximal,
     maximum, meridian, meridional, normal, orthodiagonal, overmost,
     paramount, perpendicular, plumb, plunging, precipitous, preeminent,
     rampant, rapid, rearing, rectilineal, rectilinear, right,
     right angle, ruler-straight, sharp, sheer, smooth, stand-up,
     standing up, steep, straight, straight-cut, straight-front,
     straight-side, straight-up, streamlined, summital, supreme,
     tip-top, top, topmost, true, ultimate, unbending, unbent, unbowed,
     unbroken, uncurved, undeflected, undeviating, undistorted,
     uninterrupted, unswerving, unturned, up-and-down, upended, upmost,
     uppermost, upraised, upreared, upright, upstanding,
     vertical circle, zenithal

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