vertiginous


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ver·tig·i·nous

 (vər-tĭj′ə-nəs)
adj.
1. Turning about an axis; revolving or whirling.
2. Affected by vertigo; dizzy.
3. Tending to produce vertigo: "my small mind contained in earthly human limits, not lost in vertiginous space and elements unknown" (Diana Cooper).
4. Inclined to change quickly; unstable.

[From Latin vertīgō, vertīgin-, a whirling, from vertere, to turn; see version.]

ver·tig′i·nous·ly adv.
ver·tig′i·nous·ness n.

vertiginous

(vɜːˈtɪdʒɪnəs)
adj
1. (Pathology) of, relating to, or having vertigo
2. producing dizziness
3. whirling
4. changeable; unstable
[C17: from Latin vertīginōsus, from vertigo]
verˈtiginously adv
verˈtiginousness n

ver•tig•i•nous

(vərˈtɪdʒ ə nəs)

adj.
1. whirling; spinning; rotary.
2. affected with vertigo.
3. liable or threatening to cause vertigo: a vertiginous climb.
4. apt to change quickly; unstable.
[1600–10; < Latin vertīginōsus dizzy =vertīgin-, s. of vertīgō vertigo + -ōsus -ous]
ver•tig′i•nous•ly, adv.
ver•tig′i•nous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vertiginous - having or causing a whirling sensationvertiginous - 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"
ill, sick - affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function; "ill from the monotony of his suffering"

vertiginous

adjective
1. Having a sensation of whirling or falling:
2. Producing dizziness or vertigo:
Translations

vertiginous

[vɜːˈtɪdʒɪnəs] ADJvertiginoso

vertiginous

[vɜːrˈtɪdʒɪnəs] (literary) adjvertigineux/euse

vertiginous

adj (liter) cliffs, descent, dropschwindelerregend; heights alsoschwindelnd (geh); sensationatemberaubend

vertiginous

[vɜːˈtɪdʒɪnəs] adj (frm) (cliff, descent, view) → che dà le vertigini

ver·tig·i·nous

a. vertiginoso-a, rel. al vértigo.
References in classic literature ?
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Once again we find Nietzsche thoroughly at ease, if not cheerful, as an atheist, and speaking with vertiginous daring of making chance go on its knees to him.
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