noun \ˈhīt, ÷ˈhītth\

: a measurement of how tall a person or thing is : the distance from the bottom to the top of a person or thing

: the condition of being tall

: the distance above a level or surface

Full Definition of HEIGHT

a :  the highest part :  summit
b :  highest or most advanced point :  zenith <at the height of his powers>
a :  the distance from the bottom to the top of something standing upright
b :  the extent of elevation above a level
:  the condition of being tall or high
a :  an extent of land rising to a considerable degree above the surrounding country
b :  a high point or position
obsolete :  an advanced social rank

Examples of HEIGHT

  1. What's the height of the building?
  2. These bushes grow to heights of up to five feet.
  3. a woman of average height
  4. We were measured for height and weight.
  5. The ride has a height requirement. You have to be four feet tall to ride.
  6. I was surprised by his height.
  7. The land reaches a height of 600 feet above sea level.

Origin of HEIGHT

Middle English heighthe, from Old English hīehthu; akin to Old High German hōhida height, Old English hēah high
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of HEIGHT

height, altitude, elevation mean vertical distance either between the top and bottom of something or between a base and something above it. height refers to something measured vertically whether high or low <a wall two meters in height>. altitude and elevation apply to height as measured by angular measurement or atmospheric pressure; altitude is preferable when referring to vertical distance above the surface of the earth or above sea level; elevation is used especially in reference to vertical height on land <fly at an altitude of 10,000 meters> <Denver is a city with a high elevation>.
HEIGHT Defined for Kids


noun \ˈhīt\

Definition of HEIGHT for Kids

:  the distance from the bottom to the top of something standing upright
:  distance upward
:  the highest point or greatest degree <She was at the height of her career.>

Synonym Discussion of HEIGHT

height, altitude, and elevation mean distance upward. height may be used in measuring something from bottom to top. <The wall is ten feet in height.> altitude is used in measuring the distance above a fixed level. <A plane was flying at a low altitude.> elevation is used in measuring the height to which something is raised. <The elevation of the tower is 300 feet.>
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈhīt, ˈhītth\

Medical Definition of HEIGHT

:  the distance from the bottom to the top of something standing upright; especially :  the distance from the lowest to the highest point of an animal body especially of a human being in a natural standing position or from the lowest point to an arbitrarily chosen upper point <a man six feet in height> <a dog two feet in height at the shoulder>
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