Dictionary Definition
vertex
Noun
1 the point of intersection of lines or the point
opposite the base of a figure
2 the highest point (of something); "at the peak
of the pyramid" [syn: peak,
apex, acme] [also: vertices (pl)]
User Contributed Dictionary
English
Etymology
vertex, top, peak, from vertere, to turnNoun
 The highest point of something.
 The highest point on the skull.

 Informally; a corner.
 (angle) The common point of the two rays of the angle.
 (polygon) The meeting points of two sides.
 (polyhedron) The meeting point of three or more faces and an equal number of edges.
 (polytope) a point where the corners of three or more cells meet and connect to each other.
 (curve) a point on the curve with a local minimum or maximum of curvature.
 One of the elements of a graph joined by zero or more edges to other vertices.
 Informally; a corner.
 (computer graphics) A point in 3D space, usually given in terms of its x, y, and zcoordinates.
 the point where the surface of an optical element crosses the optical axis.
 (nuclear or particle physics) the interaction point.
 where the Prime Vertical meets the ecliptic in the west.
Translations
highest point
 Croatian: vrh
 Czech: vrchol
 Finnish: huippu
 Japanese: 最高点 (saikōten)
corner of a polygon or polyhedron
 Croatian: vrh
 Czech: vrchol
 Finnish: kärkipiste
 Italian: vertice
 Japanese: 頂点 (chōten)
in computer graphics
 Croatian: vrh, verteks
 Finnish: verteksi
 Italian: vertice
See also
Extensive Definition
Vertex (Latin: corner; plural vertices or
vertexes) may refer to:
Mathematics
 Vertex (geometry), a corner point of a polygon, node in a Triangulated irregular network or TIN
 Vertex (graph theory), a node in a graph
 Vertex (curve), a local extreme point of curvature
Physics
 Vertex (physics), a point where particles collide and interact
 Vertex (optics), a point where the optical axis crosses a lens surface
 Vertex algebra in conformal field theory
 Vertex function describing the interaction between a photon and an electron
 Vertex model in statistical mechanics, a discrete model of a physical system in which weights are associated with vertices of a grid graph.
Companies
 Vertex  Business Process Outsourcing, a business services provider spun off from United Utilities
 Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company
 Vertex Standard, a radiocommunication products company.
Music
 A song in In The Groove (video game)
 Vertex (album), an album by Buck 65
 Vertex (band), a band formed in 1996
Other
 Vertex (anatomy), the uppermost surface of the head of an arthropod or vertebrate
vertex in German: Vertex
vertex in Spanish: Vértice
vertex in Finnish: Vertex
vertex in French: Vertex
vertex in Italian: Vertice
vertex in Dutch: Vertex
vertex in Portuguese: Vértice
vertex in Swedish: Vertex
Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words
L, acme, angle, apex, apogee, bend, bifurcation, bight, brow, cant, cap, chevron, climax, cloud nine, coin, corner, crank, crest, crook, crotchet, crown, culmen, culmination, deflection, dogleg, edge, elbow, ell, extreme limit, extremity, fork, furcation, heaven, heavens, height, heights, high noon, highest
pitch, highest point, hook,
inflection, knee, limit, maximum, meridian, mountaintop, ne plus ultra,
no place higher, nook,
noon, peak, pinnacle, pitch, point, pole, quoin, ridge, roof, seventh heaven, sky, spire, summit, swerve, tip, tiptop, top, upmost, upper extremity, uppermost, utmost, veer, very top, zag, zenith, zig, zigzag