American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Turning about an axis; revolving or whirling.
- adj. Affected by vertigo; dizzy. See Synonyms at giddy.
- adj. Tending to produce vertigo: "my small mind contained in earthly human limits, not lost in vertiginous space and elements unknown” ( Diana Cooper).
- adj. Inclined to change quickly; unstable.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Turning round; whirling; rotary: as, a vertiginous motion.
- Affected with vertigo; giddy; dizzy.
- Apt to turn or change; unstable.
- Apt to make one giddy; inducing giddiness: as, a vertiginous height.
- adj. Having an aspect of great depth, drawing the eye to look downwards.
- adj. Inducing a feeling of giddiness, vertigo, dizziness or of whirling.
- adj. Pertaining to vertigo (in all its meanings).
- adj. Revolving; rotating; rotatory.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling
- From Latin vertīgō, vertīgin-, a whirling, from vertere, to turn; see version. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He wrote surreal portraits of middle-class life reminiscent of Ionesco, though he has said his real influences were English specialists in vertiginous silliness like Lewis Carroll and P.G. Wodehouse.”
“The title refers to the vertiginous falls in Bach's chorale prelude Durch Adams Fall, which inspired the piece.”
“We too visited Cassis and took the "vertiginous" road over Cap Canille to La Ciotat.”
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“But the book is less a tale of a renowned author's vertiginous spiral into depression than it is a mother's poignant tribute to a Chinese-American girl who achieved success through her own intelligence, hard work and grit, but also with the extraordinary support of those closest to her.”
“In 2008 it was James Marsh with his vertiginous doc Man on Wire, in 2009 it was Duncan Jones with his philosophical sci-fi parable Moon, and last year Chris Morris became an unlikely Sundance hero with his biting jihadist comedy Four Lions.”
“The effect of the wartime section of the journal is vertiginous.”
“A chance encounter in a Greenwich Village dive sets a Brooklyn-born secretary on a vertiginous climb toward the highest reaches of New York society.”
“He gave Yale a glancing blow but otherwise Beck's version of events is topsy-turvy and vertiginous, with no anchor tied to facts.”
“In the end, Lennon couldn't duck the vertiginous myths that inspired a self-described nobody like Chapman to murder a man who deserved to live longer than most of us.”
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