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Latin verticula (a joint).


verticle (plural verticles)

  1. An axis or hinge; a turning point.
    • E. Waterhouse
      Now grows our nation to its zenith; fame is no friend to continuance: the verticle is near, when admiration from abroad, and luxury at home, threaten our change.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for verticle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)