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vertex

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noun ver·tex \ˈvər-ˌteks\

Simple 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vertex

plural

vertices

play \ˈvər-tə-ˌsēz\ also

vertexes

  1. 1 :  the top of the head

  2. 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. 3 :  a principal or highest point :  summit <the vertex of the hill>

Origin and Etymology 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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vertex

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noun ver·tex \ˈvər-ˌteks\

Definition of vertex for Students

plural

vertices

\ˈvər-tə-ˌsēz\ also

vertexes

  1. 1 :  the point opposite to and farthest from the base of a geometrical figure

  2. 2 :  the common endpoint of the sides of an angle




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vertex

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noun ver·tex \ˈvər-ˌteks\

Medical Definition of vertex

plural

vertices

\ˈvərt-ə-ˌsēz\play also

vertexes

  1. 1:  the top of the head

  2. 2:  the highest point of the skull




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