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
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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: 1608
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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