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vertical

adjective uk   /ˈvɜː.tɪ.kəl/ us    /ˈvɝː.t̬ə-/
C1 standing or pointing straight up or at an angle of 90° to a horizontal surface or line: vertical lines/stripes She looked over the cliff and found she was standing at the edge of a vertical drop.
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vertically
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
A wall of rock towered vertically up on one side of the narrow mountain path.

vertical

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈvɜː.tɪ.kəl/ us    /ˈvɝː.t̬ə-/
a vertical line, surface, or position: In a two-stage operation, the steel structure will be raised to the vertical.
Translations of “vertical”
in Korean 수직의…
in Arabic رأسي, عَمودي…
in French vertical…
in Turkish dikey…
in Italian verticale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 豎直的, 垂直的, 立式的…
in Russian вертикальный…
in Polish pionowy…
in Spanish vertical…
in Portuguese vertical…
in German senkrecht…
in Catalan vertical…
in Japanese 垂直な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 竖直的, 垂直的, 立式的…
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