vertex
playSimple Definition of vertex

: a point where two lines meet to form an angle; especially : the point on a triangle that is opposite to the base
Full Definition of vertex
plural ver·ti·ces play \ˈvərtəˌsēz\ also ver·tex·es
1 : the top of the head
2 a : the point opposite to and farthest from the base in a figure b : a point (as of an angle, polygon, polyhedron, graph, or network) that terminates a line or curve or comprises the intersection of two or more lines or curves c : a point where an axis of an ellipse, parabola, or hyperbola intersects the curve itself
3 : a principal or highest point : summit <the vertex of the hill>
Origin of vertex
Middle English, top of the head, from Latin vertic, vertex, vortic, vortex whirl, whirlpool, top of the head, summit, from vertere to turn
First Known Use: 14th century
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