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The architect used long vertical lines to pull the eye upward.
  oriented straight up and down (90 degrees relative to the floor)
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vertical vertically verticals verticality
Strongly Associated with:   horizontal, diagonal
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  • The architect used long vertical lines to pull the eye upward.
  • On a small ladder, a good-looking sandy-haired boy is painting a vertical sign that will say:  "Doc’s."
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • Donatelli adjusted the vertical measure and fingered the sliding weights.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • I turned once more, saw the rooftops of Stoneygate, dark lines of coal smoke rising vertically from them.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness

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  • What’s your vertical leap?
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • At 20,500 feet, the altitude was deemed too high for safe evacuation by helicopter ... so he would have to be carried 3,000 vertical feet to Base Camp down the Khumbu Icefall,
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Within another minute or so the round piece of land was exactly vertical, half in the ground and half out, still rotating.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Hence the bell curve: The majority of people fall somewhere close to the vertical dividing line with the occasional statistical outlier (e.g., me) representing a tiny percentage of overall individuals.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Vertical now, released by the wind, I fall faster.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The utility building, 3B-East, was a tragic block of cement with narrow vertical slits for windows.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • We climbed the massive wave, our boats turning nearly vertical beneath us.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He made a row of bold vertical stripes topped with thin loops, like bars and razor wire.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The lethargic mechanic sprang to life and, in mere moments, so it seemed to me, my mountain of supplies was on the ice, the canoe had been cut loose, and the landing-gear cylinder had once again been pumped back to the vertical.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "All vertical lines," Kvothe said, looking intently at the page.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Sanskrit was governed by verticals, but its sharp grid features were not possible in Ceylon.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • The small intestine of an average adult, if stretched out vertically, would measure about how long?
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • JAN. 28—The initial findings in the probe of the Jan. 22 crash of an American Airlines Convair point to a sharp, almost vertical drop of the plane.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • The room appeared to be in the process of being disassembled: Two long tables had been folded up and leaned vertically against one wall; several empty wooden crates were stacked against the other.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • It was gargantuan, a vertical city of shimmering, crystalline towers and bridges, chambers and turrets, domed ballrooms and long, endless hallways.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Only his ribs, thumb-thick vertical timbers, held him up.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • In each of them was a vertical line of light, but it was a dim, eerie light, not the warm light of stairways in cities at home.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Thousands upon thousands of trees in the red glow of sundown, perfectly shaped and perfectly aligned, vertically and horizontally, like squares in a million-square grid.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • She wears a high-necked white blouse with vertical pleats, a dark paisley scarf, and a plain gray skirt.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • You and the board begin to drop down the vertical face of the wave.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • He’d imagined it would be like the clear, narrow stream that came out of the kitchen faucet, only bigger, and horizontal instead of vertical.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • I barely had time to fall backward and go into a tuck before I hit the side of a nearly vertical incline and began to tumble.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • Two horizontal to drive and one vertical to go up and down.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The bell is suspended and the wire remains taut, running vertically through the hole he has drilled in the wall.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • My noise problem therein the crater, as you call it—seems to be mainly vertical.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • What I need is something vertical, maybe a little draped.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The flier read: DELPHIC AMUSEMENT PARK’S
    Vee read the flier over my shoulder.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • The tallest stone of the circle was cleft, with a vertical split dividing the two massive pieces.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Sixty vertical feet of blast-resistant glass in the new World Trade Center was being made in China.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • In a cascade of grit, my hand on some not-quite-vertical surface, I stood, wincing at the pain in my head.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I’d draw six vertical lines and intersect them with six horizontal lines, and then I’d fill in every other little square with my pen.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Two doors down, a vertical tube connects our row of apartments to the tunnels.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Their combined vertical jump came to less than a foot.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The snow was so deep that residents had dug vertical tunnels to get in and out of their homes.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He got to the ladder, and noticed that the vertical surface behind it was also carpeted.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The small boy squatted in front of Ralph, looking up brightly and vertically.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • She picked up ten pebbles and arranged them vertically, in three columns.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • The vertical ice walls were as crumbly as a bucket of ice-cubes half-thawed, then refrozen.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Looming in the doorway was a Cyclops so huge he made Tyson look vertically challenged.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • The vertical exhaust pipe muttered softly, and an almost invisible haze of steel-blue smoke hovered over its end.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The gown has parted slightly in the front, and Pari can see a little of the thick, dark vertical line of her mother’s old cesarian scar.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The light was almost vertical and the glare from the water seared one’s eyes.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • It had cut through several nerves and tendons and shattered against a bone, fracturing it vertically.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • He drew out a rectangular object hidden among the clothes: a wooden-framed photograph with a long vertical crack along the glass.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The movement of the armies was a diagram: a black arrow tearing vertically southward, and a white arrow horizontally eastward, across the tail of the first.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • One of our tests was called slide for life, a thick eighty-foot nylon rope attached to a tower and looped down to a vertical pole about ten feet high.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
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