Does "vertical" mean up and down?


Quick Answer

"Vertical" means that something is in an up and down position, or standing upright. In math terms, it is defined as something in a position that is perpendicular to the plane or horizon. In botany, a vertical leaf sits on a perpendicular plane with no upper or lower surface.

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The perpendicular or horizontal plane on which a vertical object sits is known as the horizon. On a graph, the horizon normally is the X-axis, and the vertical axis is the Y-axis.

The term "vertical" also relates to a the process of executing or delivering a product or service from the initial planning stage to sale. It also describes up or down movement within a stratified society or nation.

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