Definition of altitude
1a : the vertical elevation of an object above a surface (such as sea level or land) of a planet or natural satelliteb : the angular elevation of a celestial object above the horizonc (1) : a perpendicular line segment from a vertex (see vertex 2a) of a geometric figure (such as a triangle or a pyramid) to the opposite side or the opposite side extended or from a side or face to a parallel side or face or the side or face extended (2) : the length of an altitude
2a : vertical distance or extentb : position at a height The plane lost altitude.c : an elevated region : eminence —usually used in plural
3 : a high level (as of quality or feeling) the altitudes of his anger
altitudinalplay \ˌal-tə-ˈtü-dən-əl, -ˈtyü-\ adjective
altitudinousplay \-dən-əs\ adjective
Examples of altitude in a Sentence
the air temperature at different altitudes
Some visitors find it difficult to adjust to the city's high altitude.
The plane lost altitude rapidly.
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The test, as well as demonstrating greater range, could have been designed to gain additional knowledge of the engineering requirements of warhead-carrying re-entry vehicles by flying for longer and at higher altitude.
JHO went airborne last month, although for only a few minutes at low altitude.
The Andes give Mendoza its altitude, with some of its best vineyards rising to roughly 3,000 feet in elevation, and others soaring past 5,000 feet, providing a sunny, dry climate with cool nights.
People’s ability to adjust to altitude varies greatly.
Even though the Modi government wants to focus on ties with Israel beyond defence, India is looking towards making medium altitude long endurance armed Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicle under Make in India. ———
CT TV CHANNEL: Fox Sports 1, Univision Deportes, UniMas LIVE STREAM, WATCH ONLINE: FuBoTV streams these networks (free trial) and FoxSoccer2Go also streams The USA are still getting used to Arena's system, along with playing at a higher altitude.
Throwing the changeup off his weaker fingers diminishes speed and helps the pitch fade, giving Freeland another weapon to handle the rigors of high altitude.
Suspended between the twin-fuselages of a special jet, SpaceShipOne was carried to high altitude and released.
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Synonym Discussion of altitude
ALTITUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of altitude for English Language Learners
: the height of something (such as an airplane) above the level of the sea
ALTITUDE Defined for Kids
Definition of altitude for Students
1 : height above a certain level and especially above sea level
2 : the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the vertex or to the side parallel to the base
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