# How to describe the orientation of something in relation to two points?

Using simple English, how would I describe the orientation of an object in relation to two different objects -- one that's located on a vertical plane (object V) and another that's located on a horizontal plane (object H)?

It's vertically oriented with object V, and it's horizontally oriented with object H.

This is the gist of what I'm trying to get across, but I feel like this is convoluted and not really as clear, simple, or elegant as it could be... I'm not sure what other constructions I could use.

## EDIT 1

To be more specific, I'm looking for a different construction than the one above. Are there any better ways to express this type of an orientation?

## EDIT 2 -- Illustration

I'm trying to describe the location of the thalamus in relation to the eyes and ears. So I might say:

The thalamus is in the middle of the head, lined up vertically with the eyebrows and horizontally with the ears

• the object is lined up vertically with object V and horizontally with object H?
– Jim
May 22, 2018 at 17:00
• @Jim "lined up" is definitely more simple and your example is less redundant, thanks. I'm going to use this if I can't find a more simple construction -- i've edited my question to explain more clearly that I'm looking for a different construction
– Nick
May 22, 2018 at 17:11
• @1006a ah i should have done that at the start, i edited my post to include a verbal illustration
– Nick
May 22, 2018 at 17:23
• The thalamus is in the center of the head on the level of the eyebrows back between with the ears.
– Jim
May 22, 2018 at 17:43
• You're trying to say that "the thalamus is located between the eye brows, in line with the ears. May 22, 2018 at 17:50

@istols and @Jim both provided excellent constructions in the comment section. Answering my own question in case someone else looks for a similar construction.

the thalamus is located between the eye brows, in line with the ears

and

The thalamus is in the center of the head on the level of the eyebrows back between the ears.

@FumbleFingers pointed out another point of reference that I never considered, the tonsils. A construction might be:

The thalamus is in the middle of the head, directly above the tonsils at the level of the eyebrow ridge

Thanks!

• Did I say, “between with the ears”??? I guess I did. That’s a typo. Delete the with
– Jim
May 22, 2018 at 20:48
• This may be useful to the OP, but summarizing others' comments does not make an answer.
– Kris
Nov 19, 2018 at 10:56