elevation

noun
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.

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Helicopters also placed ground searchers into high elevation areas to investigate the difficult-to-access trails. Susan Scutti, CNN, "A 3-day search for a missing California hiker ends with the discovery of his body," 19 Aug. 2019 All Maryland hospitals are required to have this designation in order to perform this life-saving procedure on patients experiencing a serious type of heart attack called an ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Business briefs: Hospital receives awards, re-accreditation; Carroll Bancorp second quarter results," 19 Aug. 2019 Atoll nations like Kiribati—average elevation less than two metres—risk losing almost all their territory to floods like that pictured on the previous page. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019 The two leaders will hold their first meeting since Johnson's elevation to prime minister on the sidelines of a Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 24-26. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "U.S. issues warrant to seize Iran oil tanker 'Grace 1' after Gibraltar judge orders its release," 17 Aug. 2019 Coulter's elevation to the county's top political post was made contingent on his resigning as mayor of Ferndale. Detroit Free Press, "Democrat Dave Coulter, mayor of Ferndale, named Oakland County executive," 16 Aug. 2019 The latest elevations and additions are in line with major physical and personnel growth for Authentic over the past three years. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Authentic Appoints Two New Coastal Heads (Exclusive)," 15 Aug. 2019 In the past, peak snowpack has been recorded in April in most high elevation mountain sites. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "'Snow droughts' are coming for the American West," 14 Aug. 2019 One town over in Phoenicia, there are rapid elevation hikes such as Tanbark Loop and Slide Mountain Wilderness. Amy Tara Koch, Dallas News, "These four mountain getaways are worth a peak," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of elevation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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elevation

noun

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

elevation

noun
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

elevation

noun
el·​e·​va·​tion | \ ˌel-ə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce elevation (audio) \

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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