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Which way is vertical?

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It's a matter of perspective; if you're "sideways", then what was vertical is now horizontal and vice versa. As a general rule of thumb:

  • Something that is vertical is perpendicular' to the horizon.
  • Something that is horizontal is parallel to the horizon.
  • Walls, fences, and doors are usually vertical.
  • Floors, ceilings, and driveways are horizontal.


This is a vertical line, assuming your screen is perpendicular to the horizon (such as sitting on a desk):

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Assuming the same, this is a horizontal line:

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