noun el·e·va·tion \ˌe-lə-ˈvā-shən\

Definition of elevation

  1. 1 :  the height to which something is elevated: such asa :  the angular distance of something (as a celestial object) above the horizonb :  the degree to which a gun is aimed above the horizonc :  the height above the level of the sea :  altitude

  2. 2 :  a dancer's or an athlete's leap and seeming suspension in the air; also :  the ability to achieve an elevation

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of elevating

  4. 4 :  something that is elevated: such asa :  an elevated placeb :  a swelling especially on the skin

  5. 5 :  the quality or state of being elevated

  6. 6 :  a geometrical drawing that depicts one vertical plane of an object or structure

Examples of elevation in a sentence

  1. a plant species found only at higher elevations

  2. We charted the elevations in her temperature.

Did You Know?

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.

14th Century

First Known Use of elevation

14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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.

ELEVATION Defined for English Language Learners


noun el·e·va·tion \ˌe-lə-ˈvā-shən\

Definition of elevation for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun el·e·va·tion \ˌe-lə-ˈvā-shən\

Definition of elevation for Students

  1. 1 :  height especially above sea level :  altitude

  2. 2 :  a raised place (as a hill)

  3. 3 :  the act of raising :  the condition of being raised

Medical Dictionary


noun el·e·va·tion \ˌel-ə-ˈvā-shən\

Medical Definition of elevation

  1. 1:  a swelling especially on the skin

  2. 2:  a usually abnormal increase (as in degree or amount)

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