vertical angle


Definition of vertical angle

: either of two angles lying on opposite sides of two intersecting lines

Examples of vertical angle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Racked by explosions, Kursk sank in 354 feet of water at a 20-degree vertical angle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Russian Kursk Submarine Disaster," 28 Sep. 2018 Haag determined the bullet traveled from the rear of Finicum's truck toward the front, from right side to left, at a horizontal angle of 122 degrees and a vertical angle of minus-9 degrees. Maxine Bernstein,, "Ruling expected in 2 weeks on forensic experts in case of indicted FBI agent," 25 May 2018 Billed as the industry's fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster, Time Traveler drops riders at a 90-degree vertical angle followed by three inversions at speeds up to around 50 mph, all while spinning. Beth J. Harpaz,, "What's new at theme parks: Wonder Woman coaster, Pixar Pier," 23 May 2018 After giving the dolphin a few seconds to collect herself, Martin walked back to the blue pad, crouched beside it and again positioned her hand at a vertical angle. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "National Aquarium dolphins are learning their biggest trick yet — traveling to a new home," 23 May 2018 Hitting back at the Spanish, the British hacked tunnels outward to the rock face that improved their fields of fire and invented a gun capable of shooting down the cliffside at an almost vertical angle. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘Gibraltar’ Review: When the Rock Was a Hard Place," 3 Apr. 2018 Here are three sample Statcast hitting categories: Launch angle is the vertical angle in which the ball leaves the bat; if launch angle were around in the 20th century, NASA probably gets to the moon 15 years earlier. Norman Chad, San Antonio Express-News, "Chad: Exit velocity all the rage in baseball circles these days," 2 Apr. 2018 The display can be tilted to get the right vertical angle, but it cannot otherwise be adjusted. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iMac Pro review: Working as intended," 16 Feb. 2018 Then there was Lagares’s launch angle, which is the vertical angle at which a ball leaves a player’s bat. James Wagner, New York Times, "Ready for Liftoff: Juan Lagares Alters His Swing in Bid to Impress the Mets," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of vertical angle

1571, in the meaning defined above

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“Vertical angle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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