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Perpendicular

Denoting the latest stage of English Gothic church architecture, prevalent from the late 14th to mid 16th centuries and characterized by broad arches, elaborate fan vaulting, and large ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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... denoting the latest stage of English Gothic church architecture, prevalent from the late 14th to mid 16th centuries and characterized by broad arches, elaborate fan vaulting, and large windows with vertical...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2 ed.)

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... [LME] Those who remember school geometry lessons involving instructions to ‘drop a perpendicular’ may not be surprised to find that the source of this word is Latin perpendiculum ‘plumb line’, formed from per - ‘through’ and pendere ‘to hang’. The first recorded use of the loosened sense ‘very steep’ is found in Shakespeare 's ‘That sprightly Son of Scots, Douglas, that runs a-horseback up a hill perpendicular’ ( Henry IV, Part I , Act 2 scene...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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... situated or having a direction at right angles XIV (not gen. current till XVI); applied to the third style of English pointed architecture XIX; sb. XVI. — L. perpendiculāris , f. perpendiculum plummet, plumb-line, f. PER- 2 + pendēre hang; see PENDENT , -CULE , -AR...

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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... n. 1 sexual intercourse in which the partners are standing up. 1937–84 Partridge DSUE ( 1984 ) 871/1: mid-C.19–20. 1951 Cusack & James Come in Spinner ( 1960 ) 263: I'm not good at perpendicular love-making myself, but these coots all seem to be fitted with a gyroscope. 2 a meal taken standing up, a party at which the guests stand rather than sit in a formal ‘placement’. 1873 Sl. Dict. 251: Perpendicular a lunch taken standing-up at a tavern bar. It is usual to call it lunch, often as the perpendicular may take the place of...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... • ampulla , bulla, fuller, Müller, pula, puller • titular • Weissmuller • wirepuller • incunabula , tabular • preambular • glandular • coagula • angular , quadrangular, rectangular, triangular • Dracula , facula, oracular, spectacular, vernacular • cardiovascular , vascular • annular , granular • scapula • capsular • spatula • tarantula • nebula • scheduler • calendula • irregular , regular • Benbecula , molecular, secular, specular • cellular • fibula • Caligula • singular • auricular , curricula, curricular, diverticula,...

Log

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...An instrument for measuring the speed of a ship. In its simplest form it is a flat piece of wood, some 6in (15cm) in radius, in the shape of a quadrant, and made so that it will float perpendicularly. To this is fastened the log-line, which is knotted at intervals. See also knot . Logbook In a ship the journal in which the logs are entered. It also contains the general record of proceedings on board, especially the navigational and meteorological records. The word later came to be used for the document that gave the ownership and other details of a motor...

Leaning Tower of Pisa

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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...Tower of Pisa the circular bell tower of Pisa cathedral, which leans about 5 m (17 ft) from the perpendicular over its height of 55 m (181...

Decorated

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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...denoting a stage of English Gothic church architecture typical of the 14th century (between Early English and Perpendicular), with increasing use of decoration and geometrical, curvilinear, and reticulated...

Cartesian

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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...or relating to the ideas of the philosopher René Descartes ( 1596–1650 ), deriving from Cartesius , the Latinized form of his name. Cartesian coordinates numbers which indicate the location of a point relative to a fixed reference point (the origin), being its shortest (perpendicular) distances from two fixed axes (or three planes defined by three fixed axes) which intersect at right angles at the...

Gothic

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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...in the 12th–16th centuries (and revived in the mid 18th to early 20th centuries), characterized by pointed arches, rib vaults, and flying buttresses, together with large windows and elaborate tracery. English Gothic architecture is divided into Early English, Decorated, and Perpendicular. The word comes via French or late Latin from Gothi ‘the Goths’, and was used in the 17th and 18th centuries to mean ‘not classical’ (i.e. not Greek or Roman), and hence to refer to medieval architecture which did not follow classical models and a typeface based on medieval...

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A Dictionary of Abbreviations

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2011
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A Dictionary of Abbreviations

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... between ...

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A Dictionary of Abbreviations

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... forward ...

LBP

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A Dictionary of Abbreviations

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2011
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... length between ...

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A Dictionary of Abbreviations

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... in-flight perpendicular motion...

aplomb

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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...†perpendicularity, steadiness; selfpossession. XIX. — F., f. phr. à plomb according to the plummet ( see PLUMB...

sound intensity

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The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors (2 ed.)

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2009

...intensity Symbol: L or J A physical quantity, the *sound power (unidirectional) through an area perpendicular to the direction of propagation divided by the area. The *SI unit is the watt per square...

proper motion

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The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors (2 ed.)

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...motion Symbol: μ (Greek mu) The apparent angular motion of a star, perpendicular to the line of sight, in a year. It is measured in arc seconds per...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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...erect, perpendicular OE.; †lying on the back OE. (late); of unbending rectitude XVI; sb. †vertical face; architectural elevation XVII; upright part or member. OE. upriht , corr. to (M)Du. oprecht , OHG. ūfreht (G. aufrecht ), ON. upréttr ; see UP- , RIGHT...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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...1 nearly vertical or perpendicular XVII; rough, blunt XVIII; good-naturedly curt or abrupt XIX. orig. naut., perh. of LG. orig. As sb. broad precipitous headland XVII (first in N....

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