Definition of elevation
1 : the height to which something is elevated: as a : the angular distance of something (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: 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
Examples of elevation in a sentence
a plant species found only at higher elevations
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.
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Synonym Discussion of elevation
ELEVATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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