Definition of vertiginous
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Examples of vertiginous in a Sentence
a 3-D effect that is likely to leave some audience members feeling vertiginous
Recent Examples of vertiginous from the Web
In an attempt to make sense of Trump’s vertiginous presidency, critics have made comparisons to contemporary autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, or pillaged the history books for analogies ranging from Mussolini to Nixon.
That, at least, was the message markets sent Costco this week, as the bulk retailer’s stock took a vertiginous 12.7% drop in the week leading up to Friday’s close.
Dune-bashing: Four-wheel drive cars take guests on exhilarating dune-bashing rides up and down vertiginous sand slopes.
Its vertiginous stock chart is a reflection of the internet giant’s dominance.
The tech bubble of the mid-90s was inflated by lies that sent the NASDAQ on a vertiginous downward spike that eviscerated the life savings of thousands of retirees and Americans who believed in the hype.
The women’s point of view never wavers: a scene describing Mary washing Jesus’ feet becomes a central episode, one that assumes a vertiginous power.
Gorgeous, a 24-year-old YouTube star, descended on the snow-boots-and-thick-sweaters film festival last month in a series of vertiginous heels, navigating the snowiest, iciest festival in years.
In the final act of the play, the footage from 1981 is intercut with video of both the live performance and the audience’s reaction to it, and projected against the scrims on the stage, in a vertiginous act of audience implication.
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Did You Know?
It is generally necessary to avoid crowded rooms and the vertiginous influence of the dance, one 19th-century medical work advised. We're not sure what condition this advice was aimed at, but it may well have been "vertigo," a disordered state characterized by whirling dizziness. "Vertiginous," from the Latin vertiginosus, is the adjective form of "vertigo," which in Latin means a turning or whirling action. Both words descend from the Latin verb vertere, meaning "to turn." ("Vertiginous" and "vertigo" are just two of an almost dizzying array of "vertere" offspring, from "adverse" to "vortex.") The "dizzying" sense of "vertiginous" is often used figuratively, as in "vertiginous medical discoveries may drastically change life in the 21st century."
Origin and Etymology of vertiginous
Latin vertiginosus, from vertigin-, vertigo
First Known Use: 1608See Words from the same year
VERTIGINOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vertiginous for English Language Learners
: causing or likely to cause a feeling of dizziness especially because of great height
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