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English definition of “horizontal”

horizontal

adjective
 
 
/ˌhɒrɪˈzɒntəl/
something that is horizontal goes across, level to the ground, rather than up or down: Horizontal drilling has given the oil industry a way to extract oil from places where it was once almost impossible.
relating to companies, departments, etc. that have the same activities as each other: a horizontal agreement/alliance
relating to a company or organization that has few or no different levels of management: The horizontal organization allows participants to solve many problems themselves. a horizontal management structure/system
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(Definition of horizontal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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