vertiginous

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vertiginous \Ver*tig"i*nous\, adjective [L. vertiginosus, fr. vertigo a whirling around, giddiness: cf. F. vertigineux. See {Vertigo}.]

1. Turning round; whirling; rotary; revolving; as, a vertiginous motion.

Some vertiginous whirl of fortune. --De Quincey.

2. Affected with vertigo; giddy; dizzy.

They [the angels] grew vertiginous, and fell from the battlements of heaven. --Jer. Taylor. -- {Ver*tig"i*nous*ly}, adverb -- {Ver*tig"i*nous*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

vertiginous

adjective

1: having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling; "had a dizzy spell"; "a dizzy pinnacle"; "had a headache and felt giddy"; "a giddy precipice"; "feeling woozy from the blow on his head"; "a vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff" [syn: {dizzy}, {giddy}, {woozy}, {vertiginous}]


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