el·​e·​va·​tion | \ ˌe-lə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce elevation (audio) \

Definition of elevation

1 : the height to which something is elevated: such as
a : the angular distance of something (such as a celestial object) above the horizon
b : the degree to which a gun is aimed above the horizon
c : the height above the level of the sea : altitude
2 : a dancer's or an athlete's leap and seeming suspension in the air also : the ability to achieve an elevation
3 : an act or instance of elevating
4 : something that is elevated: such as
a : an elevated place
b : a swelling especially on the skin
5 : the quality or state of being elevated
6 : a geometrical drawing that depicts one vertical plane of an object or structure

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Choose the Right Synonym for elevation

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

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When you're hiking, you may be interested in knowing the highest elevation you'll be reaching. Psychologists use the term "mood elevation" to mean improvement in a patient's depression, and some leg ailments require elevation of the limb, usually so that it's higher than the heart for part of each day. Elevation can also mean "promotion;" thus, a vice president may be elevated to president, or a captain may be elevated to admiral.

Examples of elevation in a Sentence

a plant species found only at higher elevations We charted the elevations in her temperature.

Recent Examples on the Web

Its elevation and lack of backyard neighbors creates a uniquely private retreat and incredible home. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Pristine property at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Almaden Valley," 25 June 2019 This accomplishment made possible the rise of Caesar to the very top of Roman politics, his ultimate if brief elevation... Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "Third-Person Singular," 7 June 2019 In recent years, the once static couture schedule has been enlivened by new entrants like Fendi, Sonia Rykiel, and Ronald dan Der Kemp, who is on point with his elevation of upcycling at fashion’s highest level. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Couture Is All About the Details—Glorious Details. Here, Our 45 Best Close-Ups from the 2018 Collections," 29 Dec. 2018 The region studied, the East Antarctic Plateau, is so cold because of its high elevation and its proximity to the South Pole. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "The coldest place on Earth is even colder than we thought: Antarctic temps hit 144 degrees below zero," 26 June 2018 And according to research out of Poland (where cryo machines are born), findings suggest cryotherapymay actually help people with depression, anxiety, and insomnia, which would explain my elevation to Chris Traeger mood. Lamar Dawson, GQ, "Cryotherapy Might Be the Best Way to Recover from Joint Pain," 16 June 2018 Their mountainous elevation drags Arizona down the heat chart, cooling the trail to the top that the desert has worked so hard to blaze. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Hottest state in the U.S. this summer? It's not Arizona. Here's why," 15 June 2018 Tropical Storm Alberto dumped six to eight inches into the Lanier watershed, raising the lake’s level to more than three feet above its full-pool elevation of 1,071 feet. David Ibata, ajc, "Lanier parks, beaches reopen as high water recedes," 15 June 2018 His cynical joie de vivre, his puckish smile, his elevation of curiosity as a virtue. Southern Living, "All Southerners Will Appreciate How Anthony Bourdain Spent Atlanta Layovers," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of elevation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of elevation

: the height of a place
: an act or result of lifting or raising someone or something
: a place (such as a hill) that is higher than the area around it


el·​e·​va·​tion | \ ˌe-lə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce elevation (audio) \

Kids Definition of elevation

1 : height especially above sea level : altitude
2 : a raised place (as a hill)
3 : the act of raising : the condition of being raised


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Medical Definition of elevation

1 : a swelling especially on the skin
2 : a usually abnormal increase (as in degree or amount)

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