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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Both Tibetan people and Denisovans carry the ability to easily move through higher elevations thanks to a gene called EPAS1. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Tibetan Bone Discovery Rewrites Ancient History," 6 May 2019 Each glacier inventory includes the location of the glacier, length, orientation, and elevation. The Atlantic, "The Icelandic Families Tracking Climate Change With Measuring Tape," 6 June 2018 Warmer temperatures have allowed farmers to cultivate corn and potatoes at higher elevations than ever before, even as the rainy seasons have become less predictable and the glacial runoff more volatile. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Temperatures change and can drop dramatically as night approaches and at higher elevations. 5. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Expert tips and 10 essentials for staying safe in the wilderness," 21 Aug. 2018 Experts say warmer winters combined with fewer wildfires at higher elevations of sagebrush steppe have allowed junipers to expand into areas once filled with sagebrush and native grasses. Washington Post, "Environmental group appeals massive juniper removal in Idaho," 29 June 2018 Big sand traps, ponds, drastic elevation changes and environmental areas are all in play, just not necessarily all at once. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 Three days, ten summits, and more than 24,000 feet of elevation change. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our Editors' Favorite Trips," 1 July 2018 In fact, the first three holes — all par 4s with dog legs, elevation changes, unique greens and trouble left — set a great tone for what is to come. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Worthington Manor Golf Club," 29 June 2018

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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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