elevation

noun

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

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

Example Sentences

a plant species found only at higher elevations We charted the elevations in her temperature.
Recent Examples on the Web His elevation of Jamal this year is partly personal; Feldman, who recently moved from L.A. back to Maryland, grew up in Washington, D.C. listening to the pianist with his mother. Chris Willman, Variety, 24 Nov. 2022 The foundation for his notoriety wasn’t his racy films, the shock came from his elevation of everyday, commonplace, even banal, consumer goods in the form of Brillo boxes and paintings of Campbell Soup cans. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2022 Having started as his assistant over 10 years ago, her elevation to manager (Saleh stepped down from his role last year) is a beacon of hope for Black women across the music industry striving upward. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2022 His elevation to legislative leadership will represent a geographical power shift. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 His target annual incentive payment increased from 90% to 110% of his annual base salary as part of his elevation to the CFO role. Jennifer Williams-alvarez, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 Its current elevation is 4,188.6 feet above sea level, according to a U.S. Geological Survey gauge on the railroad causeway bisecting the lake. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Nov. 2022 Their elevation should bring a measure of continuity to the U.S.-China relationship, Yang said. Aamer Madhani, Fortune, 30 Oct. 2022 Seton Hall already knew him, but the run was what sealed his elevation to this new position. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of elevation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Elevation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevation. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

elevation

noun
el·​e·​va·​tion ˌel-ə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce elevation (audio)
1
a
: the height to which something is raised
b
: the height above sea level : altitude
2
: an act or instance of elevating
3
: an elevated place (as a hill)
4
: the quality or state of being elevated

Medical Definition

elevation

noun
el·​e·​va·​tion ˌel-ə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce elevation (audio)
1
: a swelling especially on the skin
2
: a usually abnormal increase (as in degree or amount)

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