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Definitions of vertex

  1. the point of intersection of lines or the point opposite the base of a figure Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A turning point; the principal or highest point; top; summit; crown; apex. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The top, or crown, of the head. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The zenith, or the point of the heavens directly overhead. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The point in any figure opposite to, and farthest from, the base; the terminating point of some particular line or lines in a figure or a curve; the top, or the point opposite the base. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The top or summit: the point of a cone, pyramid, or angle: (astr.) the zenith:-pl. VERTICES. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Summit; point of a cone, pyramid, or angle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. The highest point of anything; apex; top. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The crown or top of the head; the top of a hill or other thing; the point of a cone, pyramid, angle, or figure; the zenith or point of the heavens perpendicularly over the head. Vertex of a curve, the extremity of the axis or diameter, or the point where the diameter meets the curve. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. The top of the head; the highest point of the skull. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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  1. In the ellipse the vertex is nearer to the focus than it is to the directrix, for the same reason, and in the hyperbola it is farther from the focus than it is from the directrix. – An Elementary Course in Synthetic Projective Geometry by Lehmer, Derrick Norman
  2. If the skull be held in the hand so that the observer look upon the vertex the first point he remarks is the extreme narrowness of the frontal bone, and a slight bulging where the parietal and occipital bones unite. – The Bushman Life in a New Country by Edward Wilson Landor
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