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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Just the thought of standing on the balcony gave her vertigo.
▪ At this point I am getting that sense of logical vertigo that will become my companion throughout this journey.
▪ But for the vertigo shot alone, a horizontal miniature was built to avoid counter-weighting the heavy VistaVision camera.
▪ But this was a real vertigo of despair.
▪ He saw her and felt - as only once before he had felt - the dizzy vertigo of a fathomless falling-away.
▪ Looking down through the iron grids of the stairway, I had to fight back a helpless feeling of vertigo.
▪ The vertigo faded last fall, when a doctor in West Palm Beach, Fla., began treating her.
▪ The vertigo is less severe than that due to end-organ disease, and visual fixation inhibits neither the nystagmus nor the vertigo.
▪ They may have symptoms of vertebrobasilar insufficiency with vertigo or drop attacks and may have signs of myelopathy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Vertigo \Ver"ti*go\ (?; 277), n.; pl. E. Vertigoes, L. Vertigines. [L., fr. vertere to turn. See Verse.]

  1. (Med.) Dizziness or swimming of the head; an affection of the head in which objects, though stationary, appear to move in various directions, and the person affected finds it difficult to maintain an erect posture; giddiness.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small land snails belonging to the genus Vertigo, having an elongated or conical spiral shell and usually teeth in the aperture.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Latin vertigo "dizziness, sensation of whirling," originally "a whirling or spinning movement," from vertere "to turn" (see versus).


n. 1 A sensation of whirling and loss of balance, caused by looking down from a great height or by disease affecting the inner ear. 2 A disordered or imbalanced state of mind or things analogous to physical vertigo; mental giddiness or dizziness. 3 The act of whirling round and round; rapid rotation.

  1. n. a reeling sensation; feeling about to fall [syn: dizziness, giddiness, lightheadedness]

  2. [also: vertigoes (pl), vertigines (pl)]

Vertigo (film)

Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts (From Among the Dead) by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was written by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor.

The film stars James Stewart as former police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson. Scottie is forced into early retirement because an incident in the line of duty has caused him to develop acrophobia (an extreme fear of heights) and vertigo (a false sense of rotational movement). Scottie is hired by an acquaintance, Gavin Elster, as a private investigator to follow Gavin's wife Madeleine ( Kim Novak), who is behaving strangely.

The film was shot on location in San Francisco, California, and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. It is the first film to utilize the dolly zoom, an in-camera effect that distorts perspective to create disorientation, to convey Scottie's acrophobia. As a result of its use in this film, the effect is often referred to as "the Vertigo effect".

Vertigo received mixed reviews upon initial release, but is now often cited as a classic Hitchcock film and one of the defining works of his career. Attracting significant scholarly criticism, it replaced Citizen Kane (1941) as the best film ever made in the 2012 British Film Institute's Sight & Sound critics' poll. In 1996, the film underwent a major restoration to create a new 70mm print and DTS soundtrack. It has appeared repeatedly in polls of the best films by the American Film Institute, including a 2007 ranking as the ninth-greatest American movie of all time.

Vertigo (disambiguation)

Vertigo is a form of dizziness.

  • Acrophobia, the fear of heights, often incorrectly called vertigo

Vertigo may also refer to:

Vertigo (Marvel Comics)

Vertigo is a native of the Savage Land who obtained superhuman powers at a young age by genetic engineering. Her powers enable her to render a person severely dizzy and even unconscious.

Vertigo (Jesse Cook album)

Vertigo is the third studio album by the new flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook. Musicians vary by track, including Jesse Cook, Stanley Dural Jr. (aka Buckwheat Zydeco), Art Avalos, Ofra Harnoy, Blake Manning, Carmen Romero, Miguel de la Bastide, Djivan Gasparyan, George Koller, Mario Melo, Etric Lyons, and Holly Cole. The final track, "Fragile", includes a second song.

Vertigo (John 5 album)

Vertigo is the debut solo album guitarist by John 5. The album was also partly produced, engineered and mixed by Billy Sherwood, who also plays some lap steel and bass on the album. Other performers include Jay Schellen (drums), Kevin Savigar (co-writer, keys, programming, engineer, producer), "Bourbon" Bob Bartell (bass), Graham Ward (drums).

Vertigo (Jackie McLean album)

Vertigo is an album by American saxophonist Jackie McLean recorded in 1962 and 1963 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1980. The original 1980 release contained only the five tracks from 1963 (with the additional track "Formidable" from 1959, later released as a bonus track on New Soil), while the later 2000 limited CD edition, released as part of the "Connoisseur Series", added six tracks from the 1962 session originally marked for release as Jackie McLean Quintet (BLP 4116), first issued in 1978 as part of a double LP entitled Hipnosis.

Vertigo (DC Comics)

Vertigo is an imprint of the American comic book publisher DC Comics. It was originally created to publish stories with graphic or adult content that could not meet the stringent guidelines of the Comics Code Authority, allowing more creative freedom than in their main imprint. These age-restricted titles were free to contain explicit violence, substance abuse, sexuality, nudity, profanity, and other controversial subjects, similar to the content of R-rated films. Although many of its releases are in the horror and fantasy genres, it also publishes works dealing with crime, social satire, speculative fiction, and biography. In early 2013, Karen Berger left her role as the executive editor of the imprint, having overseen it since its inception in 1993. She has been succeeded in that role by Shelly Bond.

Vertigo comics series have won the comics industry's Eisner Award, including the Best Continuing Series of various years ( The Sandman, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Y: The Last Man and Fables). Several of its publications have been adapted to film (like Constantine, A History of Violence, Stardust, and V for Vendetta) and TV shows (like Constantine, iZombie, Lucifer, and Preacher).

In 2010, it was announced that Vertigo would become a strictly creator-owned imprint, and all titles that originated in the DC Universe will return to DC's main imprint. This includes characters related to Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, The Sandman, Madame Xanadu, Black Orchid, The Books of Magic, House of Mystery, Sandman Mystery Theatre, The Haunted Tank, Unknown Soldier, and Shade, the Changing Man. This had already been done with Animal Man, Doom Patrol, and The Human Target.


Vertigo is when a person feels as if they or the objects around them are moving when they are not. Often it feels like a spinning or swaying movement. This may be associated with nausea, vomiting, sweating, or difficulties walking. It is typically worsened when the head is moved. Vertigo is the most common type of dizziness.

The most common diseases that result in vertigo are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Ménière's disease, and labyrinthitis. Less common causes include stroke, brain tumors, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and migraines. Physiologic vertigo may occur following being exposed to motion for a prolonged period such as when on a ship or simply following spinning with the eyes closed. Other causes may include toxin exposures such as to carbon monoxide, alcohol, or aspirin. Vertigo is a problem in a part of the vestibular system. Other causes of dizziness include presyncope, disequilibrium, and non-specific dizziness.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is more likely in someone who gets repeated episodes of vertigo with movement and are otherwise normal between these episodes. The episodes of vertigo should last less than one minute. The Dix-Hallpike test typically produces a period of rapid eye movements known as nystagmus in this condition. In Ménière's disease there is often ringing in the ears, hearing loss, and the attacks of vertigo last more than twenty minutes. In labyrinthitis the onset of vertigo is sudden and the nystagmus occurs without movement. In this condition vertigo can last for days. More severe causes should also be considered. This is especially true if other problems such as weakness, headache, double vision, or numbness occur.

Dizziness affects approximately 20–40% of people at some point in time while about 7.5–10% have vertigo. About 5% have vertigo in a given year. It becomes more common with age and affects women two to three times more often than men. Vertigo accounts for about 2–3% of emergency department visits in the developed world.

Vértigo (Fey album)

Vertigo, is Fey's fourth studio album and the first after 3 years of absence. Released worldwide on May 21, 2002 by Epic Records and Sony Music in Latin America. The album was an instant success in Latin America, topping the album charts. The album took 2 years to complete. Musically, it incorporates elements of europop, electronica and alternative pop. It debuted at number one in Fey's native Mexico, topping the album charts and opening with an impressive 75.000 copies. Vertigo is the last album Fey has released with Sony Music until 2012, when she signs a new record deal with the label.

Vértigo (La Ley album)

Vértigo is La Ley's fifth album. The album is separated from the band's other albums because of its electronic sound, machined-style rhythm, and particular cover. The album was completed with the same people as in Invisible, but just before the release, Rodrigo Aboitiz left the band due to a drug problem. The quartet then split with Luciano Rojas for good when he left in the middle of the tour.

Vertigo (comics)

Vertigo, in comics, may refer to:

  • Vertigo (DC Comics), an imprint of DC Comics
  • Vertigo (Marvel Comics), two Marvel Comics characters
  • Vertigo (Salem's Seven), another Marvel character
  • Count Vertigo, a DC Comics supervillain
Vertigo (Groove Armada album)

Vertigo is the second studio album by the English electronica duo Groove Armada, released in 1999 on the Jive Electro record label. It contains the well-known singles " At the River" (which was previously featured on the duo's debut album Northern Star) and " I See You Baby".

Vertigo (U2 song)

"Vertigo" is the opening track and first single from U2's 2004 album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. The single was released for airplay on 24 September 2004; upon release the song received extensive airplay and was an international hit, being featured in a popular iPod television advertisement.

It won " Best Rock Song," " Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" and " Best Music Video" at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

The song lent its name to the band's Vertigo Tour. The song ranked number 64 on Rolling Stones list of the " 100 Best Songs of the Decade" and scored U2 their sixth UK number-one hit.

Vertigo (Boxcar album)

Vertigo was a 1990 album by Australian electronic-synthpop group Boxcar released by Volition Records in Australia (voltcd24) and by Arista Records (ARCD8610) in the United States. The single "Freemason (You Broke The Promise)" in 1988 hit number 8 in the United States Billboard dance music chart. "Insect" (remixed by noted producer Arthur Baker) and "Gas Stop (Who Do You Think You Are?)" (remixed by Francois Kevorkian) both charted in the US but had little local impact – "Gas Stop" peaked at #82 on the ARIA singles chart.

Vertigo (Jump, Little Children album)

Vertigo is the fourth album by American alternative rock group Jump, Little Children, released in 2001 after being dropped by Atlantic Records.

Vertigo (Olivia Lewis song)

"Vertigo" was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, performed in English by Olivia Lewis.

The song is a moderately up-tempo number. Lewis describes the difficulties she faces in her relationship, as her lover apparently spends much of his time doing exactly the opposite of what she expects him to. She likens this feeling to vertigo, and wonders if perhaps "solo is the way to go", suggesting that she may choose to end the relationship rather than deal with the problems. Musically, the song features a tune described as "oriental" and containing elements both of Middle Eastern and Far Eastern music (most notably a gong, struck at various points during the song). Lewis herself performed in a costume made of silk and giving the appearance of being from China.

As Malta had not finished the previous Contest in the top ten, the song was performed in the semi-final. Here, it was performed twentieth (following Norway's Guri Schanke with " Ven a bailar conmigo" and preceding Andorra's Anonymous with " Salvem el món"). At the close of voting, it had received 15 points, placing 25th in a field of 28 and thus preventing Malta from qualifying for the final. The result represents Malta's first failure to appear in the final since the country relaunched itself at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991.

It is said by Maltese singer Enzo Gusman that the song itself may be derivative of a song in the film Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Vertigo (UTS)

Vertigo is the student publication of the University of Technology, Sydney. Its name derives from the university's main building, which is a 28-storey brutal modernist tower block and how the Vertigo Offices were originally at its summit (they have since been moved to Level 3). Vertigo is published by the UTS Students' Association.

The name Vertigo was adopted in 1991. Previously the student newspaper had been called Newswit, a leftover from when UTS was the NSW Institute of Technology.

Vertigo (gastropod)

Vertigo is a genus of minute, air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs or micromollusks in the family Vertiginidae, the whorl snails.

VertiGo (ride)

VertiGo was a thrill ride located at Cedar Point and Knott's Berry Farm. Both the rides opened in 2001 and both were designed by S&S Worldwide. After an incident at Cedar Point, both rides were demolished for the 2002 season.

Vertigo (film score)

The music score for Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo was composed by Bernard Herrmann between 3 January and 19 February 1958. The recordings were made in London and Vienna, with orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson. A musicians' strike had prevented the score from being recorded in Los Angeles with Herrmann conducting.

What follows is a list of the music cues that appear in the film and where (or if) they can be found on the various releases of the original soundtrack recordings and significant re-recordings of the score.

Vertigo (Salem's Seven)

Vertigo is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She first appeared in Fantastic Four #186.

Vertigo (wordless novel)

The work is filled with symbolic motifs, and is in a more detailed and realistic style than Ward's Expressionistic earlier works. The images—one to a page—are borderless and of varied dimensions. At 230 wood engravings Vertigo was Ward's longest and most complex wordless novel, and proved to be the last he finished—in 1940 he abandoned one he was working on, and in the last years of his life began another that he never finished. For the remainder of his career Ward turned to book illustration, especially children's books, some of which he or his wife May McNeer authored.

Vértigo (telenovela)

Vértigo is a Mexican telenovela produced by Valentín Pimstein for Telesistema Mexicano in 1966.

Vertigo (Sebald novel)

Vertigo is a 1990 novel by the German author W. G. Sebald. The first of its four sections is a short but conventional biography of Stendhal, who is referred to not by his pen name but by his given name of Beyle. The second is a travelogue of two journeys made to the Alpine region by an unnamed narrator whose biography resembles Sebald's; an episode from the life of Casanova is also featured. The third describes a difficult period in the life of Kafka, referred to only as "Dr. K." And the fourth is a nostalgic recounting of the narrator's visit to his German hometown of "W," a rural village which he has seen nothing of for decades. Sebald makes notable use of leitmotif, such as sensations of dizziness as suggested in the title, and deceased persons lying covered on platforms. The novel functions along with Sebald's subsequent works The Emigrants and The Rings of Saturn as a trilogy. All three works were translated to English by Michael Hulse in partnership with Sebald.

Vertigo (dance company)

Vertigo is an Israeli modern dance company. It was established by Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha'al in Jerusalem in 1992. The company's first performance was a duet featuring Wertheim and Sha’al called Vertigo. Following the group’s appearances in various festivals in Israel and around the world, Vertigo has received recognition, positive reviews, and several awards from professionals and local and international audiences. The group mainly presents works by Wertheim, but it also showcases pieces by independent choreographers from within and outside the company. The company's studios are at the Gerard Behar Center in Jerusalem and at Kibbutz Netiv Halamed-Heh, where it established an ecological arts village in 2007. Vertigo's main focuses are modern dance, Contact Improvisation and the classic ballet technique.

The Vertigo Dance Company is funded by the Jerusalem Municipality and the division and the division of modern dance in the Ministry of Culture and Sport’s Culture Authority.

Vertigo founders Wertheim and Sha'al both serve as the company’s head director and arts director. Wertheim was born in 1965 in the United States. In 1990, Noa graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. While studying at the academy, she became a member of the Jerusalem modern dance group Tamar, where she met Sha'al, whose professional dance experience included the Bat-Sheva Ensemble and the Kibbutz Dance Workshop. Wertheim and Sha’al later married and today have three children.

Vertigo (1917 film)

Vertigo'' (French:Vertige'') is a 1917 French silent film directed by André Hugon and starring Régine Marco, André Nox, Marie-Louise Derval.

Vertigo (1951 film)

Vertigo (Spanish: Vértigo) is a 1951 Spanish drama film directed by Eusebio Fernández Ardavín and starring Fernando Granada, Ana Mariscal and Lina Yegros.

Usage examples of "vertigo".

Trix stared at its immensity and felt a nauseating vertigo, like she might overtopple and plunge into the giant bands of whirling cloud.

Once Keridil had looked, trying to glimpse the tip of her mainmast, but vertigo and another, less explicable feeling had swamped him and he turned away hurriedly, left only with the disturbing impression of a vast, phantasmic wing of sail and a single cold star glaring in the black sky above.

I felt a sense of vertigo as I tried to fix the lists of Bengali syllables I was hearing with the brown and cultured faces.

The pots were labeled Cardamum, Ginger, Barley Sugar, Wrangle, For a Snurt, For the Craye, Vertigo, etc.

The vertigo did not entirely pass, but Rya came out onto the frame above me, waiting for me to move down and out of her way, and lightning flashed again to remind me of the danger of electrocution, so I drove myself off the spoke, to the crossbeam under it.

Her knees were weak, but Laris could not blame her shaky legs and vague vertigo on the elevator.

An old veteran of time travel, the chronoplates did not affect him as profoundly as they did most soldiers, who usually vomited upon arrival and suffered from temporary bouts of vertigo and myoclonus, as well as double vision and ataxia.

Giovanni Ronconi, signed an affadavit on December 17, listing a long series of ailments: intermittent pulse indicating the general weakness of declining years, frequent vertigo, hypochondriacal melancholy, weakness of the stomach, diverse pains throughout the body, serious hernia with rupture of the peritoneum.

She felt a sudden vertigo and dropped her gaze to the moonwashed steps that led up to her room.

Cerise has had troubles before with rapidly shifting perceptual fields, something like vertigo when her brainworm is set at its higher levels, but knows, too, that she has to trust Cerise.

Conscious that the human organism, normally capable of sustaining an atmospheric pressure of 19 tons, when elevated to a considerable altitude in the terrestrial atmosphere suffered with arithmetical progression of intensity, according as the line of demarcation between troposphere and stratosphere was approximated from nasal hemorrhage, impeded respiration and vertigo, when proposing this problem for solution, he had conjectured as a working hypothesis which could not be proved impossible that a more adaptable and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral, Jovian, Saturnian, Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms with finite differences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities and to all that is vanity.

I am, Monsieur, "Your very humble servant, "[Marianne Charpillon] "Wednesday at six o'clock" On the 8th April, 1790, Zaguri wrote in reference to vertigo of which Casanova complained: "Have you tried riding horseback?

He felt hemmed in by the unthinkable megatonnes of rock looming hundreds of metres over his head, while simultaneously racked with vertigo as they ascended the scaffolding high up the side of the object.

Beyond that She guessed that the rooftops of the Walled City were its dumping ground, but the things abandoned there were like objects out of a dream, bitmapped fantasies discarded by their creators, their jumbled shapes and textures baffling the eye, the attempt to sort and decipher them inducing a kind of vertigo.

This caused debilitating vertigo and extreme tinnitus, or a roaring in the ears, all culminating in a rupture of the anterior inferior cerebellar artery and causing hemorrhaging into the anterior and middle cranial fossae inside the base of the skull.