Definition of vertex
vertices
play \ˈvərtəˌsēz\ alsovertexes
1 : the top of the head
2a : the point opposite to and farthest from the base in a figureb : 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 curvesc : 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 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 Defined for English Language Learners
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playDefinition of vertex for English Language Learners

: a point where two lines meet to form an angle; especially : the point on a triangle that is opposite to the base
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vertices
\ˈvərtəˌsēz\ alsovertexes
1 : the point opposite to and farthest from the base of a geometrical figure
2 : the common endpoint of the sides of an angle
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