Definitions

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  • n. The quality or power of turning; revolution; rotation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or power of turning; revolution; rotation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tendency to turn; specifically, the directive force of magnetism.

Etymologies

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Compare French verticité. See vertex.

Examples

  • Whether then they be globules or no; or whether they have a verticity about their own centres that produces the idea of whiteness in us; this is certain, that the more particles of light are reflected from a body, fitted to give them that peculiar motion which produces the sensation of whiteness in us; and possibly too, the quicker that peculiar motion is, — the whiter does the body appear from which the greatest number are reflected, as is evident in the same piece of paper put in the sunbeams, in the shade, and in a dark hole; in each of which it will produce in us the idea of whiteness in far different degrees.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • "acquires verticity" from long lying in one position.

    Appreciations, with an Essay on Style

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  • ...a mood of verticity, of active resignation and relief, upheld by the delicious sensation of being truly underway for their goal.

    - Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry to Gabriola

    July 30, 2008