altitude

noun
al·​ti·​tude | \ ˈal-tə-ˌtüd also -ˌtyüd How to pronounce altitude (audio) \

Definition of altitude

1a : the vertical elevation of an object above a surface (such as sea level or land) of a planet or natural satellite
b : the angular elevation of a celestial object above the horizon
c(1) : a perpendicular line segment from a vertex (see vertex sense 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 extent
b : 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

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Other Words from altitude

altitudinal \ ˌal-​tə-​ˈtü-​dᵊn-​əl How to pronounce altitudinal (audio) , -​ˈtyü-​ \ adjective
altitudinous \ -​dᵊn-​əs How to pronounce altitudinous (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for altitude

Synonyms

elevation, height, inches, stature

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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

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 aircraft fly at an altitude of 200 to 300 feet, the same at which birds fly at dawn and near sundown. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "City, military officials took wrong route to Elmendorf’s bird island," 8 June 2019 His high groundball rate would play well at altitude. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman vs. Kiz: How much would it cost the Rockies to trade for Marcus Stroman?," 3 June 2019 For the nights at altitude, you’ll be given a duffel bag to pack essentials like toiletries, casual dinner ensembles and pajamas. Amy Tara Koch, Vogue, "The Slopes Less Taken: Going on a Ski Safari in the Dolomites," 7 Mar. 2019 After a three hour flight, the first plane lined itself up on the Möhne dam, flying at 240 mph and at that dangerously low altitude of 60 feet. Hugh Hunt, Smithsonian, "How a British Engineer Made a Bomb That Could Bounce On Water," 17 May 2018 At an altitude of 2,619 feet, Gros Piton is the larger of the two mountains; Petit Piton is close behind at 2,425 feet. Daily Intelligencer, "The Adventure-Seeker’s Guide to the Caribbean," 10 Apr. 2018 Some will be designed to loiter at altitude while waiting for a target to emerge. The Economist, "War at hyperspeedGetting to grips with military robotics," 25 Jan. 2018 Most climbers who are vulnerable to hypoxia at high altitudes will feel it here. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know to climb Mount Shasta ahead of a sensational summer season," 7 June 2019 The departing flights were also found to be leaving the airport at lower altitudes than before. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Neighbors pressure Hollywood Burbank Airport officials to fix flight paths," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of altitude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for altitude

Middle English, from Latin altitudo height, depth, from altus high, deep — more at old

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The first known use of altitude was in the 14th century

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altitude

noun

English Language Learners Definition of altitude

: the height of something (such as an airplane) above the level of the sea

altitude

noun
al·​ti·​tude | \ ˈal-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce altitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd\

Kids Definition of altitude

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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