verticity

noun ver·tic·i·ty \ ˌvərˈtisətē \

Definition of verticity

plural -es
:a tendency (as shown by a magnetized needle) to turn toward a magnetic pole
  • the old window stanchions had become magnetic, proving, as he thinks, that iron acquires verticity
  • —Walter Pater

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Origin and Etymology of verticity

New Latin verticitat-, verticitas, from Latin vertic-, vertex highest point, peak + -itat-, -itas -ity


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