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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After Trump won the presidency, McMaster was rewarded in the form of Haley’s elevation to the job of UN Ambassador, which secured McMaster an automatic promotion to the governor’s mansion. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the primaries in South Carolina, New York, Utah, and Colorado," 27 June 2018 The reason the summer solstice is the longest day of the year is because the tilt of Earth's axis is most inclined toward the sun, making the sun's highest point of elevation between June 20 and June 22 every year. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates the Summer Solstice," 21 June 2018 And bunker targets can be sent out at a variety of elevations and at a greater range of angles than its American counterpart. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: This 20-year-old shooter from Waterford aims to be one of the best in the world," 16 June 2018 Morgan pointed out that in the thought of Plato, Plotinus, and early Christian thinkers like Pseudo-Dionysius, beauty in the ancient world often functioned as a source of spiritual elevation. Shira Telushkin, Washington Post, "High church meets high fashion: How Catholic style took over the Met," 3 May 2018 News of Ekonomou’s elevation was first reported by Reuters. NBC News, "Trump's legal team elevates Andrew Ekonomou, little-known Atlanta attorney," 28 Mar. 2018 Before the south façade was rebuilt, a crew of 26 painted a full-size trompe-l’oeil version of the elevation for the Perenchios to approve. David Netto, Town & Country, "The Enduring Legacy of French Interior Designer Henri Samuel," 15 Mar. 2018 The last two January storms, while significant in terms of water elevation, were of fairly short duration. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Saturday weather: Wow. It's a great day to go outside," 10 Mar. 2018 The first tier of shortage is put in place when the reservoir drops to an elevation of 1,075 feet above sea level, which would trigger cutbacks for Arizona. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "As the Arizona drought persists, Phoenix's water use continues to drop," 12 July 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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