el·​e·​va·​tion | \ˌe-lə-ˈvā-shən \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for elevation


altitude(s), eminence, height, highland, hill, hump, mound, prominence, rise, upland



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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

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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.

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There’s a pretty easy 2.5 mile loop trail that that takes you through big sharp rocky peaks, dense forest, walls of azalea and mountain laurel, and over a high-elevation, crystal clear stream. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Asheville, the Arts-Filled City Where Pottery Is Thriving," 23 Nov. 2018 At this time of year, high atmospheric pressure often sets up inland over higher-elevation land, with low pressure offshore. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 Alpe di Siusi This high-elevation alpine meadow may be even more difficult to get to than Corvara. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "How to Explore the Hidden Gems of Italy's Dolomite Region," 28 Sep. 2018 There are helicopters, ATVs, and boats all in the same space, and players seem to have the ability to deploy a wingsuit at any time to jump off high-elevation structures. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Watch the first trailer for Call of Duty’s Blackout battle royale game mode," 6 Sep. 2018 That’s because nodes are often clustered at low-elevations around dense populations. Rob Goodier, Popular Mechanics, "How Climate Change Could Break the Internet," 19 July 2018 West elevation of the new Menil Drawing Institute Photo: The Menil Collection, Houston The rectangular shape of the building is enlivened further by the off-center placement of the two other courtyards. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "A Buoyant Building for Looking and Learning," 12 Nov. 2018 Think about the three most important factors: distance, elevation, terrain. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How to Choose a Trip for Your First Backpacking Experience," 11 Nov. 2018 Huston Vineyards 2016 malbec, Snake River Valley, $29: This malbec is fascinating, primarily because the vineyards of Southern Idaho are pretty high-elevation, just like those in Argentina. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 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 \

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


el·​e·​va·​tion | \ˌel-ə-ˈvā-shən \

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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