Definition of vertiginous in English:

vertiginous

adjective

  • 1Extremely high or steep:

    ‘vertiginous drops to the valleys below’
    • ‘As in the New York skyscraper photographs that followed, Church Street El features the blank faces of several buildings seen from a steep vertiginous view.’
    • ‘Hadid's graphics remind me of the steep perspectives and vertiginous sweep of illustrations in science fiction comics.’
    • ‘We made our way along a vertiginous precipice, the vast drainage of Muddy Creek spread below us like some scarlet kingdom.’
    • ‘Their journey is over high mountain passes, through the narrowest of ridges with vertiginous drops on either side.’
    • ‘Whereas Light Extracts took you from vertiginous loops to sheer noise terror, Connected's delights emerge in the details.’
    • ‘Where Calvino's book explores the vertiginous possibilities of literature, Cloud Atlas is about humankind's possibilities.’
    • ‘Be sure to pay a visit to the cliffs at Old Head of Kinsale as you head out, but beware - their vertiginous drop will put Blarney Castle in the shade.’
    • ‘Suddenly, just ahead, it plunged down into the most vertiginous descent I'd ever seen, not counting the Drop Zone at the local amusement park.’
    • ‘And the percentage of total births that are illegitimate has held relatively steady in recent years, after a vertiginous 50-year climb.’
    • ‘To reach the outside world, you have to drive 50 miles of vertiginous, winding canyon roads, where cell-phone service is dodgy at best.’
    • ‘Perched on a rock precipice, the site is unassailable from three sides, with a vertiginous 1000 feet drop at one end.’
    • ‘This year's vertiginous drop in the Nasdaq market has caused Shin to rethink its timing, but its preparations are well advanced.’
    steep, sheer, high, perpendicular, abrupt, sharp, dizzy, vertiginous, vertical, bluff
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or affected by vertigo.
      • ‘I felt vertiginous just looking up at the ceiling.’
      • ‘Often using samples with their pitch shifted upwards, he makes the tracks ripple around Jay-Z's voice, lighter than air and slightly vertiginous.’
      • ‘The other sightseers will not distract you as you gaze in awed silence (or perhaps vertiginous terror) at the fairy-tale islands of rock amidst the cloud.’
      • ‘In this vertiginous mode, Armantrout can sound less like other ‘Language writers’ than like an improbably terse stand-up comic.’
      • ‘As she lifted herself up from the computer console, walking towards her cabin in a dizzy, almost vertiginous way, she tripped on a sharp object.’
      • ‘Although it is tempting to get close to the edge the terrain is daunting - a 12m drop deters clumsy, vertiginous or litigious tourists.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin vertiginosus, from vertigo whirling about (see vertigo).

Pronunciation:

vertiginous

/vəːˈtɪdʒɪnəs/