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Definition a dizzy sensation or a feeling that you are about to fall

There is also a famous Alfred Hitchcock film named Vertigo.
  • I felt a sense of vertigo as I looked over the ledge.
  • She suffers vertigo from an inner ear infection.
  • He took a deep breath, fighting a wave of vertigo, afraid even to glance at Norah.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • vertigo = a dizzy sensation
  • She remembered that long-ago day on the beach, the glinting water and the silverfish of vertigo and Howard walking into her line of vision.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • A curtain flashed in a lower window—Lucy Martin, spying as usual—and Caroline paused, overcome for an instant by something like vertigo.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • In the dappled sunlight, Paul's hand reached for her hair, and David felt a sense of panic, almost vertigo, at all he didn't know; at all he knew and couldn't mend.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • The moment of vertigo passed, as a small black man came up the steps and across the porch wearing heeltaps on his shoes.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • They pressed him forward, down the stairs, and when he reached the platform he felt a twinge of vertigo as they steered him too close to the tracks.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The vertigo as I approached the bed, the trepidation.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "Please don't let me fall," she says to an executioner, getting vertigo as she looks down on the crowd from atop the tall, unstable gallows.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • A short distance to my left I saw a vertigo-inducing sea of shacks, rolling out as far as the eye could see.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Some days, when she walked, she would feel tipsy, swaying side to side, needing to rest against walls as if struck by vertigo.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • The view induces the opposite of vertigo, a lurching feeling inspired not by gravity's pull to earth, but by the infinite reaches of heaven.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • But he felt no more vertigo than one does in an aeroplane, for there was no sense of contact with the distant ground.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • I feel, in passing, a kind of vertigo.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Either he shut his eyes or he had vertigo.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • I have read that there are two fears that cannot be trained out of us: the startle reaction upon hearing an unexpected noise, and vertigo.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • A shudder ran up the mast, jarring Roran's teeth, and the crow's nest swung in the new direction, making him giddy with vertigo.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • You can flit back and forth between these perceptions and experience a sort of mental vertigo.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • The world seemed to tilt around Eragon; the sensation of vertigo was so intense, he had to grab the edge of the table to steady himself.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr

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